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Joe Pavelski's Game 7 goal predicted by Sharks analyst Devin Setoguchi

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Joe Pavelski's Game 7 goal predicted by Sharks analyst Devin Setoguchi

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski made his hero's return to the ice Wednesday in San Jose's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference final. 

Before the win, however, former Sharks winger and current NBC Sports California analyst Devin Setoguchi, made a bold prediction for Pavelski. 

"If I'm getting really specific here, I'm gonna pick Pavs on a tip on the first power play, set up by [Brent] Burns," Setoguchi said on Sharks Playoff Live.

Buy me a lottery ticket, Psychic Setoguchi. 

Pavelski gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at SAP Center just under six minutes into the game. And it came on a deflection from none other than Brent Burns. Setoguchi missed just one tiny detail. 

"I got 95 percent of it right," he said after the win. "I said on the power play, but for whatever reason before the game I just had this feeling." 

After missing six straight games with a head injury that required eight stitches, Pavelski was nothing short of amazing. Not only did he scored the first goal of the game, he also then assisted on Tomas Hertl's goal to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead. 

[RELATED: Joe Pavelski amazes Sharks teammates]

“What do you say?” head coach Peter DeBoer said. “He’s a special player. A special guy.”

The Sharks will play the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference final at SAP Center on Saturday night at 5 p.m. PT.

Former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski officially sells San Jose mansion

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Former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski officially sells San Jose mansion

It's official, Joe Pavelski no longer is a San Jose resident.

The former Sharks captain has sold his mansion in the affluent Willow Glen neighborhood for $3.6 million, according to The Mercury News.

The original purchase of the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom house was in 2013 for $2.7 million. 

This 4,400-square-foot mansion is surrounded by redwood trees, with a front yard full of flowers and a manicured lawn. And when it comes to the background, it's the perfect lounge area ... with plenty of splashes of teal.

Pavelski bids farewell to the Bay Area after he signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Dallas Stars. 

Now he can check off one more thing from his moving to-do list.

GALLERY OF PAVELSKI'S FORMER SAN JOSE MANSION

Logan Couture has good feeling Joe Thornton will return to Sharks

Logan Couture has good feeling Joe Thornton will return to Sharks

In June, Joe Thornton hinted that he would be returning for his 22nd NHL season, and that he believes he could play five more years.

Almost two months later, Thornton still is an unrestricted free agent. He was seen working out with former Shark Patrick Marleau recently, and Sharks center Logan Couture, who has played with Thornton for 10 years, would be shocked if Jumbo isn't back. 

"I talked to Joe a month ago and asked him what was going on and he said, 'Oh don't worry about it,' so I took that as he'll be back," Couture told NHL.com. "I just kind of figure it's going to happen, he's still got time, I'm sure he'll be back with the Sharks."

For Couture, playing without Thornton alongside him in teal is a tough one to envision.

"He has the invaluable assets that you need in any dressing room. When he walks in, he demands respect, he creates a fun atmosphere and fun environment, I couldn't imagine playing on a team without Jumbo," Couture told NHL.com. "My mind just can't work that out, not having Joe around, because it's been 10 years with him and it's been so much fun."

At 40, some might expect Thornton to be nearing his NHL expiration date, but Couture knows that isn't the case based on what he's seen from his longtime teammate. 

"He can't give it up, he works so hard, so the day he stops I'll be shocked," Couture said. "When we lost to [the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference final], I ran into him in the gym like nine days later and Jumbo had already been in there working out, and that was not his first day back. He loves the game, loves it, more than anyone."

[RELATED: Why Sharks should, shouldn't retire Thornton's jersey first]

With Joe Pavelski leaving for the Dallas Stars, the Sharks can ill afford to lose the 51 points Thornton contributed last year.

It sounds like Jumbo's return is a matter of when, not if.