Pavelski would be Sharks’ coach’s pool pick

Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:50 PM ET

SAN JOSE - Todd McLellan has a tip for all poolies.

Take Joe Pavelski at playoff time.

The San Jose Sharks’ coach wouldn’t hesitate, because he’s been “Mr. Clutch” with four goals in six playoff games. His latest effort was batting home a rebound to help the club secure a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings Friday.

“It’s his time of year,” said McLellan Saturday after a 30-minute skate at the club’s practice facility. “Players in the past that have rise to the occasion and somehow the puck finds them at opportune times.

“He has the ability to find the net. I know if I was picking, or part of some of those office pools and drafts, he’d be one of my picks. I’ve been lucky enough to see him do it for a number of years. We expect to see that continue.”

Pavelski said he’s not trying to do anything special but he was a big part of the victory. He had Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard so upset after a facewash in the crease, he took a swing at Pavelski in the crease.

“We’re trying to get to him. He’s played well. That’s the bottom line: I think all four lines got better as the game went on,” said Pavelski.


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