The San Jose Sharks took the first step toward shedding their label of postseason underachievers.
Joe Pavelski scored two goals, including the tiebreaking tally midway through the third period, to lift the Sharks to a series-clinching 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in Game 6.
"He has the ability to do it, and he has a real good drive and the will to do it," coach McLellan told the paper.
Pavelski and Dan Boyle scored 1:29 apart in the final period, propelling top-seeded San Jose into the next round. The top-seeded Sharks will have to wait to find out who they will face in the Western Conference semifinals.
Devin Setoguchi and Douglas Murray added empty-net goals in the final minute after the Avalanche pulled goalie Craig Anderson for an extra skater.
Marek Svatos and Brandon Yip had goals for eighth-seeded Colorado.