NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 3: Thornton, Ladd get physical

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During the annual summer Joe Thornton bashing bloc party, one of the common critiques unleashed on the giant playmaker is that he plays soft for his size. Particularly, they say, during the playoffs.

Here are a couple videos showing that he – along with his enemy in these cases, Andrew Ladd – is far from shy about getting a little bit nasty. First, Ladd levels Thornton in the second period.

Thornton didn’t forget about Ladd’s hit, it seems. Early in the overtime period, Jumbo Joe got his revenge.