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Sharks' Thornton status unclear for Game 5

Posted on: May 22, 2011 9:29 pm
Edited on: May 22, 2011 10:26 pm
SAN JOSE --- Joe Thornton’s gear sat in his locker minutes after the conclusion of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, but the San Jose Sharks captain was nowhere to be found.

Thornton was sent out of the game after he absorbed a check from Canucks forward Raffi Torres. Off-balanced as he tried to play the puck, Thornton didn’t see Torres coming with 11 minutes left in regulation.

Thornton appeared to favor his right shoulder after the hit. He played one more shift, but was absent for the final 8:30 of the game and was not made available to reporters after the game. 

“I just noticed he wasn’t there,” Sharks forward Ryane Clowe said. “I don’t know what happened. I hope he’s alright.”

Sharks coach Todd McLellan told reporters after the Canucks’ 4-2 victory that he had no update on Thornton’s status. Thornton (17 points) is tied for second in playoff scoring.

The Canucks lead the best-of-7 series, 3-1, as it shifts to Vancouver on Tuesday. 

Vancouver was without Christian Ehrhoff and Aaron Rome, who were injured on checks delivered by Sharks forward Jame McGinn. Keith Ballard, who flipped McGinn in a hip check early in the second period, and rookie Christopher Tanev filled in for the injured blue liners.

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Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:08 pm

Sharks' Thornton status unclear for Game 5

I think the Canucks just smell blood in the water.  I dont think that the Sharks have enough in the tanks to make a comeback and push this more then 6.  Thornton does all the dirty stuff that is needed to win playoff games.  He kills penalties, is excellent in the circle (although he is often moving forward when the puck is dropped and should be kicked out more often, but if you are not cheating you are not trying i guess) and the guy grinds in the corners for pucks.  Plus this guy might be one of the best passers in the league.  With him out, there is not a chance the Sharks come back to win this series.

The Canucks just need to put the hammer down now.  They got the Twins rolling again which is a key for them to move on.  IF the Twins are hot, this team is almost impossible to stop.  And for all the injuries this team has suffered on the blueline, i am real impressed how well they are playing defensively and that Bobby Luo has really stepped up as well.  The Canucks have been rolling all year long, i just dont see anyone stopping this team right now 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:28 am

Sharks' Thornton status unclear for Game 5

If Thornton doesnt play the season is over for the Sharks! Hopefully Joe is good to go and the Sharks can make a fight out of this

Sorry man... this series is over.  Doesn't matter if Thornton plays or not.... This Canucks team isn't my Wings team that couldn't bury the puck when given the chances.  This Canucks team has depth the Wings as a team just didn't have in the playoffs this year.....  They are deep everywhere and have the best special teams in hockey.... and we all know special teams win in the playoffs..... 

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:53 am

Sharks' Thornton status unclear for Game 5

If Thornton doesnt play the season is over for the Sharks! Hopefully Joe is good to go and the Sharks can make a fight out of this!

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