This might not be the most amazing goal, but it could end up being enormous for Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley. It’s possible that folks could bristle at the fact that Jumbo Joe set up one of his “typical” assists (it was pure pretty passing; Thornton simply got a little room and did what he does best: making a pass before anyone else could even hope to defend him).
Really, though, that’s almost the point. Thornton said up a goal his way and that might make all the difference. While Joe Pavelski was the true star of the night, the Sharks need the big guns to produce, so this tally must have elicited a big sigh of relief.