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Sharks' Joe Pavelski breaks silence following controversial injury

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SAN JOSE – Speaking for the first time since suffering one of the most famous injuries in recent NHL lore, Joe Pavelski weighed in on the debate that followed.

"Was it a five-minute major? No, I don’t think it was," said the San Jose Sharks captain.

"Am I glad they called it that way? Heck ya."

It has been 12 days since the Sharks’ leader lay motionless on the ice at SAP Center after being awkwardly dumped onto his head following a late faceoff in Game 7 of their first-round matchup with Vegas. Cross-checked by Cody Eakin after the draw and then twisted up by Paul Stastny on his way down, the hockey world held its breath as blood poured out of his helmet.

Clearly caught up in the moment, the officials handed Eakin a five-minute major that enabled the Sharks to erase a three-goal deficit, score four times and eventually win the game and series in overtime. Neither official was given a second-round assignment, and the league apologized to the Knights for the error.

"The refs have a very tough job with how fast plays happen," said Pavelski, who planned to fly to Denver with the team Sunday afternoon but likely won’t play in Game 6 Monday.

"It was a very scary play. It gets twisted and........

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