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Pavelski scores 300th goal as Sharks top Panthers, 2-1

Paul Gackle, The Mercury News on

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- After losing five video reviews in a nine-day span last month, the Sharks finally got some help from the NHL's Situation Room.

The Sharks (14-8-2) came out on the right side of two video reviews in Sunrise Friday night, including the game-winning goal as they picked up their third straight win with a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers (10-12-2).

The win was the sixth consecutive game in which the Sharks have earned at least one point.

Chris Tierney scored the decisive goal at 7:15 of the third, knocking in a pass from Melker Karlsson that managed to squeak past Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo for a split second before he covered the puck. The referees on the ice initially ruled that Luongo made the save, but video review revealed that Tierney's shot did in fact cross the goal line.

The Sharks won another video review to tie the game at 11:20 of the second when Joe Pavelski became just the second player in franchise history to notch 300 career goals with the team, joining Patrick Marleau.

Pavelski snapped his 11-game goalless drought by stuffing the puck in from the side of the net after receiving a Joe Thornton pass from below the goal line.

After going a full calendar month without a goal, Pavelski, who last scored on Nov. 1, was forced to endure a little bit of suspense before he officially reached the milestone.

The Panthers challenged the goal on the basis of goaltender interference because Pavelski's skate made slight contact with Luongo's skate as he was handling the puck in the crease. The play was somewhat reminiscent of Logan Couture's overturned goal in Las Vegas on Nov. 24 when the NHL's Situation Room determined that contact between the skates Joonas Donskoi and Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subban in the crease impacted the netminder's ability to get set for the shot.

 

But the Sharks won the coach's challenge when the Situation Room determined that, "no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line," on Pavelski's goal.

With the goal, Pavelski joined Henrik Zetterberg as just the second player selected outside of the first round of the NHL draft to score 300 goals since 1999.

The Panthers opened the scoring at 18:11 of the first when Colton Sceviour knocked in his own rebound after Aaron Dell stopped his redirection of an Alex Petrovic shot. Sceviour managed to get the puck past Dell after the Sharks netminder made three remarkable saves with the Panthers pressing in his team's end.

Dell put together another stellar performance, making back-to-back starts for the first time in his NHL career after subbing in for Martin Jones Tuesday while the Sharks No. 1 goalie nursed a day-to-day injury. The Sharks backup stopped 38 of the 39 shots he faced.

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