Shocking that we're talking about Joe Pavelski and not Joe Thornton, but then again, this is the postseason.
Pavelski's timely scoring in the first round of the playoffs (5+3=8), is the best of his career. Without key scoring from Pavelski, the Sharks might be golfing right now instead of preparing for a battle with Detroit.
A late goal in game two from Pavelski was enough to send the game into overtime, where the Sharks would even the series.
His overtime winner in game four was pivotal in turning the series in San Jose's favor for good. More importantly, it helped even things up once again after teammate Dan Boyle's blunder in the previous game's overtime.
San Jose definitely appreciates depth scoring in any form. But it'd probably much rather see the big guys getting hot at this point in the playoff fight.
(Right on cue—Pavelski netted two goals to start off the second round of action)