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'Little Joe' comes up big for Sharks

No one is going to mistake Joe Pavelski for Mario Lemieux. But the player known as "Little Joe" in San Jose is the first player since Lemieux in 1992 to have three consecutive multi-goal games. Pavelski was San Jose's best player in the Sharks' opening-round victory against Colorado, scoring 5 goals -- including the series-winner, another game-winner and a sixth-attacker goal in Game 2, giving the Sharks a chance to win in overtime. He's been even better in the second round against Detroit, scoring twice and adding an assist in each of the first two games as San Jose earned a pair of 4-3 victories. No player since Lemieux had scored multiple goals in three consecutive playoff games, and no one since Joe Sakic in 1996 has had three 3-point games in a row. Pavelski now leads all playoff scorers with 9 goals -- eight of them during his five-game goal-scoring streak -- and is second to Sidney Crosby with 14 points, He's also been a wizard in the faceoff circle, winning more than 55 percent...

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