After spending 13 years with the San Jose, including five seasons as the team’s captain, Pavelski played his first game against his former club on Saturday. He was honored with a pre-game video, the kind that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside:
“It was awesome,” Pavelski said. “This is a special place to myself and my family. To be out there when the building is filled like this … I’ve always had a special bond with these fans and those guys over there. It was a tremendous night. They did it right.”
Of course, it was also a bit weird being on the other side of the ice for Pavelski. Even though the “Shark Tank” still feels like home, it was hostile territory to him for the first time:
Pavelski said when he came out of the visitor’s tunnel, it was odd. He said when he saw another team wearing those familiar Shark sweaters, it was a bit shocking. He said when he heard them call familiar names, it just seemed strange.
“It was weird a few times when you heard 88 (Brett Burns) or Joe Thornton; when I heard that, my mind kind of went back and you were waiting for your name to be called,” Pavelski said.
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Here’s the video that the Sharks put together to honor Pavelski’s return:
Little Joe. Big Pavelski. Captain America. Pavs.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) January 12, 2020
Thank you, Joe Pavelski! pic.twitter.com/JtiJRYkw6e
And here are some photos from throughout the day:
Around the League
There were only a few Central teams that took the ice last night:
- The Nashville Predators managed to eek out a win, earning a 1-0 shutout over the Winnipeg Jets: [On the Forecheck]
- Unfortunately for the Minnesota Wild, one goal wasn’t enough for them, as they fell to the Vancouver Canucks 4-1. [Nucks Misconduct]
The big news from yesterday came from the New Jersey Devils, who parted ways with GM Ray Shero:
The New Jersey Devils and General Manager Ray Shero have agreed to part ways, effective immediately.— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) January 12, 2020
Tom Fitzgerald will serve as interim General Manager and he will receive support from Martin Brodeur.https://t.co/rXCTy2rvHd
Zack Kassian will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety today for the following altercation with Matthew Tkachuk:
For what it’s worth, Tkahuck himself is getting off scot-free:
The NHL Department of Player Safety said there will be no discipline for Matthew Tkachuk after controversial hits on Zack Kassian last night. Their statement: https://t.co/8J81ycr9Ot— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) January 12, 2020
This might actually give me a reason to turn on the NHL All-Star game this year:
There will be a new event at NHL All-Star weekend: a three-on-three game between top American and Canadian women's hockey players https://t.co/4LI5L9gnjW— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) January 13, 2020
Finally, Auston Matthews must have been bored last night, because this is just showing off: