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Report: Sharks’ Thornton ‘day-to-day’ won’t play vs. Blues

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The San Jose Sharks won’t have Joe Thornton in the lineup tonight when they play host to the St. Louis Blues.

According to David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News, Thornton’s injury is believed to be a shoulder injury.

The 35-year-old’s current ironman streak of 319 consecutive games will come to an end.

Thornton has nine goals and 33 points in 38 games this season.

Getzlaf: ‘I accept full responsibility for my stupidity’


Ryan Getzlaf threw hockey’s equivalent to a tantrum and got busted.

And his actions, which occurred at the end of the second period, put the Anaheim Ducks two men down, eventually leading to a San Jose Sharks goal in the third period.

He took responsibility for it after the Ducks, undisciplined on this occasion, lost to their California and Pacific Division rivals, the Sharks, by a final score of 3-0 on Wednesday. San Jose, even without Joe Thornton, who was injured on a clean Clayton Stoner hit, had eight power plays, and scored once with the advantage.

“I accept full responsibility for my stupidity and my role in that. That was my fault,” said Getzlaf, as per Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.

“When you take (nine) or 10 penalties, you’re not going to win. We have to stay disciplined, shut up and stay focused,” said Ducks’ head coach Bruce Boudreau, as per the club’s Twitter account.

Video: Sharks’ Thornton hurt after heavy hit (Updated)


San Jose Sharks veteran forward Joe Thornton was hurt after being on the receiving end of a solid but clean hit in the neutral zone from Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner on Wednesday.

According to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area, Thornton appeared to be favoring his left shoulder as he left the ice and went to the dressing room.

Sharks’ Todd McLellan: ‘We want everything on sale’


The San Jose Sharks had been red-hot on home ice. And then the Vancouver Canucks came to town and abruptly put a stop to that Tuesday.

That left Sharks’ head coach Todd McLellan to come up with some interesting answers following a 3-1 loss to the visiting Canucks. The result ended San Jose’s home winning streak at eight games. The Canucks also jump back into second in the Pacific Division, with a one-point lead on the L.A. Kings, and two-point lead on San Jose and the Calgary Flames.

“For me, there’s a price that our team has to pay to win. … We want everything on sale, is basically a good way of putting it,” said McLellan, as per Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.

“The dogfight tonight— I didn’t think our dog was a pit bull, by any means,” the coach added.

The Sharks also had the benefit of two penalty shots, but only Joe Thornton was successful on his attempt, scoring stick side on Ryan Miller, who was otherwise solid, making 31 saves.

For the Canucks, Jannik Hansen was the catalyst. However, he could be hearing from the National Hockey League after he was assessed a minor penalty for a hit to the head of Tommy Wingels in the second period.

Seconds after getting out of the box, Hansen scored with a wicked wrist shot on the breakaway, giving Vancouver a two-goal lead. That’s goal No. 9 on the season for Hansen.

“I thought that was Hansen’s best game this year. He was involved and scored a big goal for us,” said Vancouver’s coach Willie Desjardins, as per the club’s Twitter account.

PHT’s top 14 of ’14: Kings stage historic comeback vs. San Jose


It’s likely that a good chunk of the teams who have been down 0-3 in playoff series have put on brave faces.

Still, hindsight has a way of making seemingly throwaway comments seem like much more. At the time, many probably rolled their eyes when Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said his team would not “go away quietly” against the San Jose Sharks after falling behind 0-3. With the Kings’ stunning “reverse sweep” and subsequent championship run in mind, Sutter looks more like a soothsayer.

That’s not to say that the Kings were going into Game 4 with a ton of swagger.

Captain Dustin Brown described that hole as “the most dire situation” the Kings had been in.

Let’s look back at the four games the Kings ended up winning and some of the fallout:

Game 4

Tyler Toffoli, Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams helped Los Angeles win 6-3.

Even early on, it seemed like the Kings were planting seeds that they might be able to overcome the deficit, as 3-0 leads were deemed a little less foreboding than they once were.

Game 5

The Kings “went into the cage” and forced Antti Niemi out of the Sharks’ net for a second consecutive game. Bitter San Jose fans will note that this was the game in which key defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was injured. Los Angeles ended up winning 3-0.

Dan Boyle wondered if the Sharks were taking their series lead for granted.

Game 6

Los Angeles became the ninth team to force a Game 7 after being down 3-0, an accomplishment in its own right. The Kings once again won decisively, taking this one 4-1. There was some nastiness in this one:

There were plenty of negative reactions to the Sharks’ sudden slump.

Game 7

Once again, the Kings survived. Once again, the final score wasn’t particularly close, as Los Angeles beat San Jose 5-1 to become the fourth team in NHL history to erase a 3-0 deficit and win a playoff series. Incredibly, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards were on the Philadelphia Flyers team that accomplished such a feat against the Boston Bruins during the 2010 playoffs.


Williams remarked that the Kings should not “do that again,” yet it seemed like they used that big-game experience to become serious survivors in elimination situations.

Los Angeles ended up moving on and winning their second Stanley Cup, although not without remarking that they saw fear in the Sharks’ eyes during their comeback. To some extent, the Sharks are still dealing with the reverberations of that loss as the organization waffled on the subject of rebuilding, awkwardly stripped Joe Thornton of the captaincy and generally seemed to send mixed messages about how it would deal with that crushing defeat.

While the Kings’ 0-3 story ended with the Stanley Cup hoisted in the air, it appears that there are still a few chapters remaining in San Jose’s version of the story.