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Boasting three of the league's top 11 scorers, the Sharks got back to being that deadly offensive team we're used to seeing. Joe Thornton's performance could go down as one of his most dominant, which is saying something.
The Sharks have won three of their last four and boast the league's fourth-most dangerous scoring attack at this point. Joe Thornton and Brent Burns have been among the game's most dominant players at their respective positions.
A rousing 5-2 win over the Kings to clinch a playoff spot helped get the Sharks back on track after three straight losses. Now the team has to figure out if it will be James Reimer or Martin Jones in net for the playoffs.
The Sharks have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL since the calendar turned to 2016. Joe Thornton is the second-leading scorer in the NHL since Jan. 1, while Brent Burns recently set the franchise record for points by a defenseman in a single season. They're on fire.
Joe Thornton and Brent Burns have been among the best players in the league over the second half of the season. They, along with high-scoring captain Joe Pavelski, are fueling a team that has won six of their last eight. They're within striking distance of second place in the Pacific still.
It's been all about rebounding in the Pacific Division, as the Sharks and Ducks can attest. Slow starts have given way to dominant second halves for each team. The Sharks have gone 18-6-4 over the last two months.
The Sharks vastly overspent for depth by sending a pair of second-rounders for Roman Polak and Nick Spaling, but they are deeper as a result. They're also better in net with James Reimer added to the mix. The Sharks are getting a lot out of their stars this season already.
The Sharks seem to be on pretty stable ground as they are nine points clear of the Arizona Coyotes for third in the Pacific. It's suddenly a runaway. A recent trade for Roman Polak and Nick Spaling may have been an overpayment for depth, though.
The Sharks continue to be a team where you're not quite sure what you're going to get on a nightly basis, but they've been doing more than enough to stay in playoff position in the weak Pacific. They're five points ahead of Arizona for third in the division.
The Sharks have cooled a bit, but continue moving forward. They're 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and sit seven points behind the Kings for first in the Pacific. Meanwhile, they've got to worry about the Ducks nipping at their heels.
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It's way, way too early to declare Martin Jones a success as San Jose's new No. 1, but he has been exceptional. The Sharks also look loose coming into the season after such a disappointing run in 2014-15.
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