Call it the Power Play for Pavelski.
After Sharks captain Joe Pavelski was high-sticked and bloodied by Vegas’ Cody Eakin, San Jose capitalized on the five-minute major to score four goals in four minutes and take a lead in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series. San Jose tied an NHL record for power-play goals in a single postseason frame, according to NHL Public Relations.
With Pavelski’s blood barely scraped off the ice, Logan Couture scored the first goal. Game 6 hero Tomas Hertl added the second. Couture then netted his second of the power play. Kevin Lebanc completed the comeback with the go-ahead marker at 13:21 of the period. Lebanc tied a Stanley Cup playoff record by notching four points in a single period; he assisted on San Jose’s other three scores.
The SAP Center crowd in San Jose could not contain itself as the Sharks turned a seeming certain defeat into what seemed to be an instant victory. While the penalty on Eakin was a controversial one, the NHL’s statement on the call noted that severity of the injury inflicted to Pavelski warranted the call.
Here is the explanation of the penalty on Cody Eakin from series supervisor Don vanMassenhoven:
“The referees called a crosschecking penalty for an infraction that caused a significant injury. In their judgment, the infraction and its result merited a major penalty.”
– Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) April 24, 2019
Vegas tied the game with 47 seconds remaining on a Jonathan Marchessault goal and forced overtime. However, the reigning Western Conference champions fell in overtime as unlikely hero Barclay Goodrow potted the game-winner, completing San Jose’s comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.