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Pavelski led the Sharks with 38 goals this season and had two goals and two assists in seven playoff games before the injury.

A dazed Pavelski was helped off the ice by his teammates and then had eight staples put in his head to stop the bleeding. Joe Staley, Laken Tomlinson, Weston Richburg, Mike Person and Mike McGlinchey all donned Sharks jerseys before the game, turning around to hype up the Sharks as they headed through the tunnel towards the ice.

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The Colorado Avalanche had an equalizing goal overturned after the San Jose Sharks successfully challenged for offside in Game 7 on Wednesday night. "The past two Game 7 games (at home against the Vegas Golden Knights and Avalanche), it was unbelievable for us". As the Sharks' playoff run has continued, Karlsson's level of play has only improved.

"Then we were wondering why they didn't drop the puck and obviously I was still on the ice ..." There wasn't going to be one guy who won this game and there wasn't. "And it wasn't. It was a big group effort out there".

Tomas Hertl, who assisted on Pavelski's goal, would net the second of the game with an assist from Pavelski in return. "Wish I had a set-in-stone answer - go here, do this and be ready".

Several San Francisco 49ers players were on hand to watch the Sharks advance to their fourth conference final this decade.

"It's good to have some adversity, and I think that we definitely have had that", San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson said. Through four games, the Sharks' No. 1 netminder had just a 5.34 goals-against average and.838 save percentage.

In Round 2, Jones has been largely mediocre but that's totally fine because so has his counterpart, Philipp Grubauer.

Coach Jared Bednar was confused by the call when addressing it with NBC Sports after the play.

There is definitely more pressure on San Jose to win, as they were the series favorite and among the teams expected to win the Stanley Cup back in October.

Since 2015, home teams are 10-10 In Game 7's, including 2-1 this season. San Jose's only trip to the Stanley Cup Final was in 2016.

Pavelski took less than six minutes to provide more than just inspiration. He deflected Brent Burns' point shot past Grubauer for the opening goal of the game and celebrated with an exaggerated fist pump.

"It's a clumsy mistake, you know?" Even though they were some valleys during the season, the Sharks have mostly met expectations.

But at the end of the first period, the Avalanche cut into the deficit, with Mikko Rantanen scoring with a mere 6.8 seconds left on the clock.

The Avalanche appeared to tie it nearly midway through the game when Colin Wilson converted a MacKinnon feed to stun the sea of teal.

Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with a plus-20 in 82 games played this season. "If I could've done something different on that play, I would have jumped the boards a lot quicker".

The Sharks then restored the two-goal lead later in the period when Donskoi skated around the net and beat Grubauer high to the short side for his first goal since January 10.

Colorado pushed hard in the third, getting a goal in the first minute from Jost, but the Sharks managed to hold on from there for the win.

NOTES: The Sharks won multiple Game 7s in the same postseason for the first time in franchise history. They are the most dynamic offensive blue liners in the league and both control the pace of the game when they are on the ice. Considering the Sharks finished two points ahead of the Blues in the standings, it stands to reason fans should expect another long series featuring a pair of clubs with plenty of experience. The Avalanche once again dressed seven defensemen and 11 forwards.