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Joe Thornton's faceoff shift raises questions

Posted on: April 4, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2011 4:18 pm

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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Posted on: April 4, 2011 8:07 pm

Joe Thornton's faceoff shift raises questions

It's called getting ready for the playoffs. It is a smart move to give Marleau some experience in faceoffs. I have always been a firm believer that you have more than one guy for an position/role. You will have a capable and experienced backup if the guy is hurt or is not playing well. I have been following the Sharks since their inception and they have been the most consistent and winningest team in the Bay Area. Too bad they have not won a championship yet. Let's hope that this year is the year they finally win it.

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