NHL

Pavelski's scary injury leads to Sharks' incredible rally

San Jose's Joe Pavelski left Game 7 woozy and bleeding on Tuesday night after he was cross-checked and fell to the ice. A controversial major penalty was called that helped the Sharks rally from down 3-0 to eventually beat Vegas in overtime.

San Jose captain bloodied after falling head first to the ice

San Jose Sharks centre Joe Pavelski is helped off the ice during the third period of Game 7. (Jeff Chiu/The Associated Press)

It has been a rough first-round series for San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski. 

The forward left Game 7 bleeding on Tuesday night. Pavelski was cross checked by Cody Eakin after a faceoff midway through the third period. Pavelski lost his balance and fell head first into the ice. 

Pavelski was wobbly as he was helped off the ice and into the dressing room. 

Eakin was given a five-minute cross-checking major and 10-minute misconduct and San Jose took full advantage. Trailing 3-0, the Sharks rallied around their fallen captain and scored four goals on the power play. 

Vegas tied the game up in the dying minute to force overtime. But the Sharks responded as Barclay Goodrow sent them to the second round with less than five minutes remaining.

San Jose rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the game and a 3-1 deficit in the series, beating Vegas 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 and advance to the second round. 2:11

The Golden Knights did not like the call.

"They called five minutes for that? Why don't you have hockey replay or something? It changed the whole outcome of the game," forward Jonathan Marchessault said. "Seriously. What is that? It's so disappointing. . The game is not even close, it's 3-0. Call the two, OK, but a five? With something you don't even see? You just called the outcome. It's a joke, that's what it is. It's embarrassing."

San Jose will take on Colorado in the second round.

In Game 1 of the series, Pavelski lost a few teeth after having a puck deflect off his face and past Golden Knights' goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

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