SAN JOSE, CALIF. – In San Jose, the game will always be remembered as the "Pavelski Payback" for the four goals scored on one power play after the Sharks captain was knocked out cold, turning around a wild Game 7 that finally ended in overtime.
In Las Vegas, the Golden Knights will always lament the five-minute major on Cody Eakin that they believe was excessive and cost them a chance to advance to the second round.
The Sharks responded to the bloody injury to captain Joe Pavelski by scoring four goals on the ensuing power play and then bounced back after allowing the game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation to beat Vegas 5-4 on Barclay Goodrow's goal 18:19 into overtime Tuesday night.
"He's the heart of this team, and to see him go down like that and suffer like that was heartbreaking for us," said center Joe Thornton, who rallied his teammates and implored them to score three goals on the power play to erase the 3-0 deficit. "That power-play unit, it won us the game. The boys got together and said this is for Pavs. We love him. … We willed that one for him."