Captain Pavelski leads Sharks into West Final

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Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog took the blame after his controversial offside negated a game-tying goal against the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.

While they couldn't take the ice with their Silicon Valley brethren, they did get the crowd fired up for the Sharks' walk out to take the ice.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Avalanche: Averaging 3.0 goals, 5.2 assists, 4.4 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a.920 save percentage.

Pavelski then set up Hertl with a pass from behind the net to make it 2-0 midway through the period and drew a penalty that almost led to a power-play goal later in the period as the Avalanche struggled early. But he went to Colorado for Game 6 and was cleared the play with a spot in the conference final on the line.

Perhaps supporting the Sharks will give the 49ers a bit of extra motivation to find the postseason themselves in 2019. So it's odd, you know? "The past two Game 7 games (at home against the Vegas Golden Knights and Avalanche), it was unbelievable for us". Next on their itinerary was the San Jose Sharks and the 8th-seeded Avs just won't go away as San Jose needed seven games to knock them off.

That is where Jordan Binnington came in and ever since making his first NHL start in mid-January he has been one of the most productive goalies in the league. "We do have guys that have participated in them in the past". J.T. Compher scored a team-high two goals for the Avalanche in the victory. They'll travel to Boston well-rested before Thursday's game against the favored Bruins.

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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 game was intense and much of the pace dictated by close calls and injuries, but captain Joe Pavelski's fairytale return was the story of the night.

The Avalanche appeared to tie the game midway through the second when MacKinnon set up Colin Wilson, but DeBoer challenged the play for offside. "If I could've done something different on that play, I would have jumped the boards a lot quicker".

"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". He opened the scoring in the first period and led his team to victory.

NOTES: The Sharks won multiple Game 7s in the same postseason for the first time in franchise history. 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. Game 1 is Saturday. The Avalanche once again dressed seven defensemen and 11 forwards.