Tag:Joe Thornton
Posted on: May 4, 2010 11:23 pm

Highlight of the night

San Jose's Joe Thornton sets up Patrick Marleau on a 2-on-1 7:07 into overtime of the Sharks' 4-3 victory:

Posted on: May 4, 2010 11:13 pm

Home ice not much of an advantage for Wings

By Erin Brown

Home has not been sweet for the Detroit Red Wings as of late.

The Red Wings blew a two-goal lead in the third period of a must-win Game 3 and ultimately lost to the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, in overtime. They now trail the the series three games to none.

Joe Louis Arena has been a haven for Detroit in recent years, with the Red Wings going 20-4. But those last four losses have come in their last five games on home ice.

The Red Wings needed to accomplish three things in order to win on Tuesday: improve in the faceoff circle, shut down San Jose's power play and keep the Sharks from mounting a third period comeback. The first two, check. The last, not so much.

San Jose's Joe Thornton started the comeback with his second goal in as many games and Logan Couture knotted the game at three apiece with 6:43 to go in regulation. Patrick Marleau converted on a 2-on-1 with Thornton 7:07 into the extra period.

For San Jose, it was just its second win in 32 tries when entering the third period trailing by two goals.

Detroit now faces an 0-3 deficit for the 10th time in franchise history. Only once have they rallied to force a Game 7 -- in 1945 Stanley Cup Finals versus the Toronto Maple Leafs -- but failed to win the series. In all other cases, Detroit was swept.

Posted on: May 3, 2010 11:03 am
Edited on: May 3, 2010 2:57 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 1-0)

• After allowing 46 shots in Game 1, the Flyers know things must change against the Bruins. The plan is simple -- do not allow many odd-man rushes and do not allow the Bruins to camp out in front of the net, but it all comes down to if the Flyers can execute or not. How important is Game 2? When they have lost the first two playoff games, the Flyers have a 2-12 series record. When they are 1-1, they are 15-15. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Flyers' Chris Pronger gets an extra spring in his step this time of year. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins' Mark Recchi might want to stick around a little longer. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 9 p.m. (Canucks lead 1-0)

• Despite a rough Game 1, Antti Niemi will be starting goalie for Chicago. Coach Joel Quenneville emphatically stated he would start Game 2, one game after being shelled for five goals and being yanked after two periods during Saturday night's 5-1 defeat. "Antti's playing," Quenneville said. "No doubt. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Former Canuck Brent Sopel transforming himself with Blackhawks. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Kyle Wellwood doing fine job anchoring Canucks' third line. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 2-0)

• The Sharks Big Three does it again. Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau, all gold-medal winning forwards for Canada in the Olympics, came through the Sharks needed them the most. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks steal the game with a little help from the referees. [ Detroit Free Press ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Series tied 1-1)

• Canadiens do their own version of the rope-a-dope to take out Penguins in Game 2. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Canadiens make the most of limited offense to even series. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:47 pm

Three Stars: May 2

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

What didn't Pavelski do on Sunday night? He scored twice, recorded an assist, won 81 percent (13 of 16) of his faceoffs and led San Jose with 11 shots in their 4-3 win over Detroit.

Second Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

Halak was back to his dominant self in Montreal's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh, stopping 38 shots, 18 of which came in the second period.

Third Star: Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens

Cammalleri scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the second period of the Canadiens' 3-1 win.

Honorable Mentions

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:38 pm

Wraparound: A recap of Sunday's games

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No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 3, No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Series tied, 1-1

Mike Cammalleri scored two goals, Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves in a performance much like his series-stealing play during Montreal's first-round upset of Washington and the Canadiens surprised the Penguins by winning 3-1 on Sunday. Recap | Series

No. 1 San Jose Sharks 4, No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 3

San Jose leads, 2-0

Joe Thornton scored his first goal of the playoffs with 7:23 left and the San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series. Recap | Series

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:28 pm

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Nicklas Lidstrom , Jimmy Howard and Brian Rafalski of the Detroit Red Wings watch Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks score the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at HP Pavilion at San Jose in San Jose, Calif. (Getty Images)

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2010 11:30 pm

"Little Joe" comes up with another big game

By Erin Brown

On a night where the San Jose Sharks' top line got clicking once again, Joe Pavelski still found a way to steal the spotlight.

Pavelski scored twice -- including the tying goal 4:40 into the third period -- and registered an assist in San Jose's 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings Sunday night.

The effort marked Pavelski's third multi-goal consecutive game of the postseason. The feat was last achieved by Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux in 1992. Pavelski now leads postseason goal scorers with nine, and ranks second only to the Penguins' Sidney Crosby in points with 14.

"He's such a complete player," San Jose's Joe Thornton said. "He plays hard at both ends of the rink. He competes every night. He's just in a zone, and when you get in a zone, you just have so much confidence and you feel like you can do anything."

In Game 2, the 5-foot-11 center known as "Little Joe" pretty much did everything. Pavelski led the Sharks with 11 shots and dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 13 of 16 draws.

San Jose's first line of Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley , meanwhile, combined for a goal and five assists.

Posted on: April 29, 2010 10:12 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 12:10 am

Sharks show focus, bite early in Game 1

By Erin Brown

If the first period of Game 1 is any indication, the San Jose Sharks are ready to bite off the head of that playoff monkey on their back.

Check out some of the first period stats for the Sharks:

• They scored three goals in 79 seconds, setting a new franchise record for fastest three goals in a playoff game.

• They dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 18 of 30 (60 percent) draws.

• They outhit the Red Wings, 20-9, with Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton leading the way with four hits apiece.

San Jose couldn't keep up the pace over the next two periods, but did just enough to hang onto a 4-3 victory.

Joe Pavelski continued his postseason tear with two goals and an assist. Evgeni Nabokov finished with 20 saves, including a clutch stop on Nicklas Lidstrom with 19 seconds to play. San Jose's big guns, often pinpointed for their absence during the postseason, are producing. Dan Boyle finished with three assists and Dany Heatley chipped in a goal and an assist. Thornton also registered a helper.

There is still a lot of hockey to be played in the series, but for one night at least, the Sharks can avoid criticism of an unfocused and shaky start.

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