Last night, the Dallas Stars lost Game 2 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final to Tampa Bay by a score of 3-2. In the loss, Stars veteran forward Joe Pavelski scored his 10th goal of the playoffs and managed to join a very elite list.

Pavelski is tied for second with Brett Hull and Wayne Gretzky for most goals in a playoff year at age 36 or older. Canadiens legend Maurice "Rocket" Richard sits atop the list with 11 goals.

Pavelski, 36, joined Dallas as a UFA on July 1st 2019, signing a three-year, $21 million contract. Prior to joining the Stars, Pavelski spent 13 season with the San Jose Sharks, and was captain for his final four seasons. Pavelski was drafted by San Jose in the seventh round, 205th overall in the 2003 NHL entry draft. He lead the Sharks to the Stanley Cup Final in the 2015-16 season, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

In 1,030 career regular season games, Pavelski has 792 points (369 G, 423 A), 400 penalty minutes, and is a +114. In 157 playoff games, he has put up 115 points (58 G, 57 A), and 74 penalty minutes.

A pretty interesting, and rare thing happened last night as well. Because Tampa Bay won and tied the series, this will be only the fourth time in since 1987 (when all four rounds became best of 7) that there were no sweeps in the playoffs. The other years were 1991, 2002, and 2016.

Pavelski and the Stars will look to take a 2-1 series lead tomorrow night. Puck drop for Game 3 is set for 8 pm ET/6 pm MT. An interesting thing to keep an eye on for Game 3 is, will Steven Stamkos play? As Lightning head coach Jon Cooper has been saying these entire playoffs regarding any injury to one of his players "Tune in to see".
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020  (11H59)