Is there something amiss with Jumbo Joe?
San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton didn’t take a single faceoff during Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Those duties went to linemate Patrick Marleau, whose been a winger the past several seasons.
Mercury News reporter David Pollack asked Thornton Monday morning if some sort of injury was reason for the switch:
“No, just getting Patty some reps before we start because I wont’ be able to take them all the time.”
You’ll be in the lineup tonight, healthy all-around?
And taking faceoffs?
“Who knows? Depends what coach tells me to do. I do what I’m instructed to do.”
Sharks coach Todd McLellan wouldn’t commit to the same approach for tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Kings.
“Since we’ve been here, Patty’s always been the guy that’s asked to play the wing, to play out of position,” McLellan told the newspaper. “Going down the stretch here, we get an opportunity not to tinker with things, but just to try and experiment a little bit.”
-- A.J. Perez
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