Red Light District Hockey has a great article today on how Joe
Pavelski has stepped up for the San Jose Sharks, while Joe Thornton has
once again fallen off the face of the planet once the playoffs began.
“There was not going to be any quit on
our part,” Pavelski said. “We wanted this one. We knew we were going to
get our chances, a couple of chances. Let’s bury them when we get the
opportunity and they went in.”
He goes on to mention the dominant
performance of Pavelski’s line. Skating alongside Setoguchi and Clowe,
the “second” line combined for nine goals and 22 points and was a
plus-16 in the series to lead the San Jose attack.
Thornton had just three assists (one on an empty net goal) and was a
minus-4 in the first round against the Colorado Avalanche. After last
year’s 1-4-5 line and minus-3 in a first round, it’s no longer a joke
about Thornton’s inability to produce when the spotlight is on. It’s a
proven fact that Thornton, for whatever reason, simply folds when his
team needs him most.
If the Sharks have any hope of slaying their
postseason demons, they’ll need much more than a great performance by
Joe Pavelski and his line to do so. Somehow, any way possible, Thornton
will have to find a way to get over this massive hump he’s facing.