2:07 AM EDT, Wed May 04, 2016

Sharks captain Pavelski leads by both words and deeds

Sharks captain Pavelski leads by both words and deeds Fair or not, past Sharks’ captains have been lightning rods for criticism in the Stanley Cup playoffs. San Jose’s leader from 2004-09, Patrick Marleau, lost the captaincy after the top-seeded Sharks lost in the first round against No. 8 Anaheim. Joe Thornton assumed the captaincy one year after the retired Rob Blake replaced Marleau. With six goals in seven games, he is tied with John Tavares of the Islanders for the NHL goals lead in the playoffs. Pavelski carries a four-game point streak into Tuesday’s Game 3 at Nashville as...
Fear The Fin May 2, 2016

Sharks vs. Predators, Game 2: Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski join the round two party

Joe Thornton set up Joe Pavelski and scored what ended up as the game-winner. Game one was all about the second line. Joonas Donskoi, Logan Couture and Joel Ward provided the goods to put the Sharks up 1-0 in the second round series. The trio played well again on Sunday evening, but the game two victory belongs to the Joes. Joe Thornton scored what ended up as the game-winner into an empty net, and it was Jumbo's pass that set up Joe Pavelski for the second goal of the night. Both plays proved to be key components for the Sharks win and announce the arrival of two of San Jose's most...
San Jose Mercury News May 1, 2016

Sharks take 2-0 series lead over Nashville in NHL playoffs

Goals by Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton in the third period prove to be the difference
Fear The Fin Apr 28, 2016

Selke 2016 Finalists: Joe Thornton not nominated for award

No Sharks nominated for the Selke this year. Despite playing one of the best regular seasons of an already impressive career, Joe Thornton did not receive a nomination for the Selke. The award is given each year to the best all-around forward, a description that couldn't describe Thornton's play any better if it tried. Patrice Bergeron, Anze Kopitar and Ryan Kesler all picked up nominations for the award. Bergeron is regularly a favorite for this award, as is Kopitar. While there's nothing wrong with any of the nominees per se, leaving Thornton off seems absolutely ludicrous to me. While...
Fear The Fin Apr 24, 2016

NHL Playoffs 2016: Joe Thornton the key for the Sharks again

Jumbo set the tone for San Jose against the Kings. Joe Thornton didn't lead the Sharks in points in the first round. Hell, Thornton's three points put him in a tie with Joonas Donskoi for sixth amongst San Jose skaters. Still, Thornton's incredible possession play proved key, again, as the Sharks thoroughly handled their biggest rivals in the first round of the playoffs. After San Jose lost game three, much was said about the Sharks' need for contributions from players not named Joe. Getting scoring from all four lines is on every team's wishlist, but the reality for San Jose is that...
Fear The Fin Apr 23, 2016

Sharks vs. Kings: Depth players help the cause in game five win

Five of the Sharks' six goals came from depth players. Media members wrung their hands after the Kings won game three of the first round series. The Sharks needed contributions from their depth players to win this series, despite Joe Thornton and company carrying San Jose to the playoffs. Well, the Sharks got depth contributions in their game five victory as only one of six goals came from the top line talent. Whether that bodes well for the Sharks going forward isn't particularly important, but seeing Joonas Donskoi get it going in particular is an encouraging sign for a team that relied...
Fear The Fin Apr 23, 2016

Sharks vs. Kings: Relive the five best goals from the series

We take a look at some of the Sharks' best goals in their five-game series victory. The Sharks scored some beauties in their first round victory over the Kings. We take a look at the top five in this series, going from fifth to first. 5. Joe Pavelski buries a perfect feed from Joe Thornton A perfect example of how well Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton play together, Jumbo gets behind the net and throws it in front of the net to the waiting stick of Pavelski. Thornton's pass stands out, but Pavelski does well to beat Norris Candidate Drew Doughty to the puck to put the Sharks ahead. 4....
Fear The Fin Apr 20, 2016

Sharks vs Kings Game 4

The Sharks look to hang on to home ice advantage against the Kings. The Sharks return to the tank for game four up 2-1 against the Kings. Despite playing reasonably well in game three, they lost in overtime on a goal from Tanner Pearson. The Sharks will look to take back home ice and win game four to go in up 3-1. A convincing win would make a strong statement that the tank is back to being one of the toughest building to play in and the Sharks are ready to battle. The top line of Tomas Hertl, Joe Thornton, and Joe Pavelski will seek to keep their scoring touch but needs to get support from...
Fear The Fin Apr 20, 2016

Sharks vs Kings Game Four Preview: Taking back home ice

The Sharks look to regain home ice advantage against the Kings. The Sharks return to the tank for game four up 2-1 against the Kings. Despite playing reasonably well in game three, they lost in overtime on a goal from Tanner Pearson. The Sharks will look to take back home ice and win game four to go in up 3-1. A convincing win would make a strong statement that the tank is back to being one of the toughest building to play in and the sharks are ready to battle. The top line of Tomas Hertl, Joe Thornton, and Joe Pavelski will seek to keep their scoring touch but needs to get support from...

Kings-Sharks series: Power play is the focus

Power play is the focus The Sharks can’t dwell on Monday’s missed opportunity to take a 3-0 series lead on the Kings. “It’s been a big part of the series, quite honest,” Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter said following his team’s 2-1 overtime win in Game 3. Tuesday’s optional skate didn’t provide any clues to potential personnel changes or tweaks because the only power-play fixture on the ice for the Sharks was defenseman Brent Burns. San Jose’s top unit — forwards Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture, who join Burns — figure to get...
Fear The Fin Apr 18, 2016

Sharks vs. Kings Game 3: Joe Thornton gives San Jose an early lead

Not a bad start for San Jose. Joe Thornton delivered the first goal of the game, beating Jonathan Quick to his left to put San Jose up 1-0. That lead didn't last long as Anze Kopitar answered on the power play to tie this game up at 1-1.
Fear The Fin Apr 10, 2016

Joe Thornton, Joonas Donskoi receive Sharks Foundation Awards

The pair were no brainers for their respective awards. To the surprise of absolutely no one, media members (yes, even me) voted Joe Thornton and Joonas Donskoi the Sharks Foundation Player of the Year and Sharks Foundation Rookie of the Year, respectively. The case for each is relatively simple: Thornton led the Sharks in points with 82 and played out of his mind for the vast majority of the season. Donskoi's case is simpler: Other than DeMelo's late push, he was the only rookie who hung with the team for the majority of the year. My ballot for Player of the Year was Thornton first, Joe...
Fear The Fin Apr 8, 2016

Quick Bite: West Side Story

Ya know, like the Jets and the Sharks? Ok. I'll leave. As I sit in my home in Columbus, Ohio, I cuddle up with my computer and sit down to watch some Sharks hockey. Is there anything better? First Period The puck is dropped and for the first eight minutes of the game we do not have a stoppage. The Jets are eliminated from playoff contention but they are skating with some purpose and putting the Sharks on their heels at times. Marko Dano and Nik Ehlers lead a promising bunch of youngsters over in Winnipeg. 11:16 into the period, Joe Thornton fed "The Seventh Round Sniper" Joe Pavelski and he...
Fear The Fin Apr 5, 2016

Joe Thornton thinks he can play until he's 40

Who can blame him? Joe Thornton, the immortal, has played very well this season. We've talked about that ad nauseam, but something I touched on here is his longevity. In the always informative 30 Thoughts column by Elliotte Friedman, he discusses Thornton being a Masterton and Hart candidate and about how his style changed ever so slightly when Peter DeBoer took over as head coach. "Pete’s style is just a little different, it took a bit of time to get used to his system, but he’s a huge believer in the way I see the game…push, get into the forecheck, create havoc. He hasn’t asked...
Fear The Fin Apr 4, 2016

Adam Gretz makes Hart case for Joe Thornton

No one has been as valuable to their team as Thornton has to the Sharks. We've made this argument, too, but it's nice to see it come from someone outside Sharks land. CBSSports.com's Adam Gretz contends Thornton deserves the NHL's MVP award because of the dire straits the Sharks would be without him. The stats he presents are a bit sobering, in truth, as it shows just how mediocre the Sharks would be without the future hall of famer. Patrick Kane has certainly put forth a better statistical season (scoring 100 points doesn't happen in the NHL these days, in case you hadn't noticed) but he's...

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