While the Dallas Stars are now down 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final thanks to a 5-4 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the series on Friday night, Wisconsin Badgers legend Joe Pavelski is not to blame. Pavelski scored twice on Friday, including the game tying goal to send it to overtime.
Joe Pavelski now tied for the all-time #StanleyCup playoff goal lead for US-born players with Joe Mullen (60).— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) September 26, 2020
Don't have Joe's photo, but his #Badgers brother, Brian, had 12 NHL playoff goals pic.twitter.com/OGcR7DS4sa
After the game, Pavelski was not in the mood to discuss his record tying goal telling a reporter who asked him about it “Keep it. Next question.”
While those of us who follow Badgers hockey knew that Pavelski was a special player coming out of college, the Stevens Point native wasn’t drafted until pick No. 205 in the 2003 NHL Draft. His two goals in Game 4 gave him 12 for the playoffs and Pavelski became the highest scorer in the playoffs for anyone 36 or older, passing Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Wayne Gretzky and Brett Hull. Pretty good company imo.
Great passing leads to a goal from Joe Pavelski pic.twitter.com/BUzQkn58jx— Kep Knows Sports (@Jacobkeppen) September 26, 2020
The Stars lost the game in overtime after a questionable tripping penalty call on Jaime Benn gave the Lightning a power player which Kevin Shattenkirk took advantage of to score the game winner just six and a half minutes into the extra period. Lightning defenseman, and former Badger, Ryan McDonagh did not get on the score sheet but made a difference elsewhere recording five hits, two shots and one blocked shot in just over 23 minutes of ice time. McDonagh his yet to record a point in the Finals but is plus three in the four games against the Stars.
Ryan McDonagh was asked what he'll remember most about Game 3: “I think the energy on the bench and the confidence in one another, the trust in one another was something incredible. We were just rallying so hard for one another and trying to pick each other that whole game."— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) September 24, 2020
Game 5 is Saturday night at 7 p.m. CST and Pavelski will try to break Joe Mullen’s record and also stave off elimination and force a Game 6. Should be a good one!