Colorado Avalanche: Game 7 - Who Wants It More?

Joe Pavelski ‘getting closer’ to a return as he provides details of his gruesome Game 7 injury and an update on his recovery

They've been a buzzsaw throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and at last check, lead the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 at the end of the first period in Game 7 of the second round. The Sharks know what it takes to get there and they will have to be on top of their game. For the second straight series, they had a controversial call go their way in one-goal win in Game 7.

The Sharks, who finished second in the Pacific Division, will now face the St. Louis Blues for the opportunity to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup final.

Perhaps supporting the Sharks will give the 49ers a bit of extra motivation to find the postseason themselves in 2019.

Pavelski returned from an apparent head injury for Wednesday night's Game 7 against Colorado and he scored the game's first goal. So it's odd, you know?

"I got to watch these guys play for six games".

Pavelski now has five goals and three assists in seven Game 7s.

"I've been lucky enough to play in a few Western Conference finals in my career and you realize you can't take them for granted because you never know when the next one is going to come", Couture said. You can have an injury like that and miss months, or have one and be back in a week. For San Jose, since the start of the season, that was what they were expected to do. "If you do that, I think with the group that we have and the talent that we have in here, the end result is going to go our way". "But there was a lot more to the game than that". Both teams have overcome a lot of adversity to get to this point, so don't be surprised if this series goes to seven games.

Colorado lost star Nathan MacKinnon early in the first when his shoulder crashed into the boards, but his return late in the period helped spark the Avalanche.

The victor advances to play the St. Louis Blues, who beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 in double-overtime Tuesday night in Game 7 of their second-round series. MacKinnon set up Colin Wilson's goal in the slot, and all of the players appeared to be onside.

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.

The league explained: "After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the linesman, the Situation Room determined that Gabriel Landeskog did not legally tag up at the blue-line prior to the puck entering the offensive zone".

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. The Blues have a playoff-best five road wins (5-1) and have outscored opponents 19-14.

This Blues team is not afraid to roll with all four lines and the Sharks need to have weapons on each of their lines to be able to keep up with their opposition. The Avalanche again dressed seven defencemen and 11 forwards.

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