Watch Joe Pavelski give Sharks lead over Vegas with goal off his face

Watch Joe Pavelski give Sharks lead over Vegas with goal off his face

SAN JOSE -- There's using your head, and then there's what Sharks captain Joe Pavelski did Wednesday night. 

Standing in front of the net on San Jose's first power play of a first-round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights, Pavelski redirected Brent Burns' point shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead with 5:18 remaining in the first period. Pavelski didn't employ his signature deflection, however, as the puck bounced in the net off of his face. 

Pavelski skated to the Sharks' tunnel immediately after the goal and did not return to the ice or San Jose's bench for the remainder of the first period. He returned to the bench early in the second with a jaw guard, and took his first shift within the first four minutes of the middle frame.

The 34-year-old led the Sharks with 38 goals in the regular season and missed seven games down the stretch after sustaining a lower-body injury on March 16. San Jose went 1-5-1 in his absence. 

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He returned for the last three games of the regular season, and ultimately gave the Sharks their first lead of the postseason. Pavelski's goal will count the same as any of his goals through the remainder of the playoffs, but it doesn't mean he'll want to do that again. 

How NHL's potential new labor deal could affect Sharks’ offseason plan

How NHL's potential new labor deal could affect Sharks’ offseason plan

The Sharks could be operating under a new NHL collective bargaining agreement soon, and it might have quite an impact on the franchise's future.

The NHL and the NHL Players Association are nearing an agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding for a new six-year labor deal that includes guidelines for the return of the 2019-20 season, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported Saturday.

The MOU must be ratified by both sides before it becomes official, but the potential deal includes some notes that surely will affect the Sharks this offseason.

For starters, it appears the league's salary cap will be frozen at $81.5 million, and remain there until the NHL's hockey-related revenue gets back to $4.8 billion, which was the initial projection for this season before the coronavirus pandemic forced a suspension of operations on March 12.

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San Jose ended the season with around $648,000 (per in available space, and with contracts expiring for players such as Joe Thornton, Melker Karlsson and Aaron Dell, a frozen salary cap could make re-signing those the team wants to bring back difficult.

Seravalli also noted that minimum contracts will rise $50,000 for next season, increasing to $750,000. It will stay there for four years, before rising to $775,000 in 2024-25, and $800,000 in 2025-26. So, young Sharks players such as Dylan Gambrell and Stefan Noesen, who played on minimum contracts, now are in line for raises of at least $50,000 going into next season.

The Sharks will look to turn things around entering the first full season of this potential new CBA, as they just finished last in the Pacific Division with just 63 points. But it appears the new labor deal might complicate San Jose's plan in some aspects.

Sharks' Tomas Hertl, wife Aneta expecting first child due in November

Sharks' Tomas Hertl, wife Aneta expecting first child due in November

I think we’re all due for some good news. So is Sharks’ All-Star center Tomas Hertl and his wife Aneta.

Aneta announced on her Instagram account the two are expecting a baby in November.

The first photo is the two of them posing together with the sonogram picture. The second is of a baby onesie with “Born in 2020” embroidered on it.

This is fresh off the couple's one-year wedding anniversary which, rumor has it, the big day was quite a fun time.

Back in May, Hertl spoke to the media about his rehab after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee where he vowed he would be better than he was before. But he’ll have to wait.

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The Sharks will not be participating in the NHL’s a modified 24-team return-to-play format.

That’s OK though, he has something even better to look forward to … a baby Shark.