NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Game 1 Breakdown

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NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Game 1 Breakdown
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It just may be time to remove any “Little” reference to Joe Pavelski, because he is one of the San Jose Sharks' biggest playoff performers.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan emphasized a fast start and “racing to three” as crucial points in the opening round. And against Los Angeles, the series figured to be a rough one—considering the 20 years of bad blood between these two clubs.

The game didn’t disappoint for those expecting a nasty showdown, but it ended with Joe Pavelski again being the playoff hero. Pavelski scored the overtime winner at 14:44 to give the Sharks victory number one of 16 on their quest for the Stanley Cup.

It wasn’t all good news for the Sharks, as Ian White left the game late in the first period following a dirty check from behind by Jarret Stoll along the boards. It will be interesting to see what the NHL does to respond to this hit; it is just an ugly play that doesn’t belong in the NHL.

Next up is the recap and analysis for Game 1 of the Sharks’ 2010-11 Western Conference Quarterfinals series.

For the Five Bold Predictions for Game 1 click here.

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