San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski missed the second-round series opener against Colorado after being knocked out in the first-round finale.

Pavelski and forward Joonas Donskoi were scratched for Game 1 against the Avalanche on Friday night. Pavelski’s helmet slammed to the ice in Game 7 against Vegas on Tuesday night, knocking him out and causing him to bleed from his head. He is officially listed as day to day.

Donskoi was hurt after taking a hard hit in Game 6 against the Golden Knights and will miss his second straight game.

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, right, lies on the ice next to Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski, right, lies on the ice next to Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Dylan Gambrell made his playoff debut for San Jose and Lukas Radil got into his third game this postseason.

Colorado defenseman Samuel Girard returned after missing three games last round with an upper-body injury.

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