Joe Thornton C SAN 4 Months

There have been indicators this off-season that the Sharks may take the "C" away from Joe Thornton.

GM Doug Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan have talked about turning the team over to their younger players. Additionally, Wilson said last week on Yahoo Sports Talk Live that there will be "different players in core leadership roles." Dan Boyle wore an "A" on his sweater and he won't be back with the team next year. San Jose has also done this before when they stripped Patrick Marleau of the team's captaincy before the 2009-10 season. Thornton has a no-trade clause and he may not want to leave the team even if his "C" is taken, but it could still be an odd situation to play through.

Joe Thornton C SAN 5 Months

Joe Thornton insisted that the Sharks are confident despite seeing a 3-0 series lead get erased.

The Sharks will have to play in Game 7 on Wednesday and try to avoid being on the wrong side of history. "We were a confident bunch," Thornton said. "We felt like our game was missing in a couple games, but then we slowly got it back. This year is kind of the same way. I think our game kind of went missing for a couple games. [Monday] night we saw what we can do. So, we're a confident group in here." Thornton has two goals and three points in the playoffs, but none in San Jose's last three games.

Joe Thornton C SAN 5 Months

Joe Thornton was one of three Sharks to get four shots on goal in his team's 3-0 loss to the Kings on Saturday night.

It's not surprise that Thornton has been quiet over the last two games, and the Sharks have lost. He has three points in the series. Brent Burns and Tommy Wingels also had four shots on goal. Jason Demers and Tomas Hertl finished with a game-low minus-two rating.

Joe Thornton C SAN 6 Months

Joe Thornton had two assists in San Jose's 5-4 win against Edmonton on Tuesday.

That gives Thornton 11 goals and 74 points in 77 games this season. He became the 25th player to reach the 850 career assists milestone Tuesday night and he's just eight points shy of establishing himself as the 46th member of the 1,200-point club.

Joe Thornton C SAN 6 Months

Joe Thornton played in his 1,200th career game on Thursday.

Thornton is the 100th player to ever reach that mark. Given that he's just 34 and has managed to stay pretty healthy throughout his career, Thornton is probably going to end up climbing pretty high on the leaderboard. He has 342 goals and 1,189 points in those 1,200 games.

Joe Thornton C SAN 6 Months

Joe Thornton had two assists in the Sharks' 5-2 win on Tuesday.

Thornton has now surpassed the 70-point mark for the 10th straight season, not counting the shortened campaign. The 34-year-old ranks 46th on the NHL's all-time points list with 1189 in 1199 career games.

Joe Thornton C SAN 6 Months

Joe Thornton scored a goal and registered two assists in San Jose's 3-2 win over Anaheim Thursday night.

Thornton now has 11 goals and 58 assists in 71 games this season. Brent Burns also had a strong game with a goal and an assist, while Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks.

Joe Thornton C SAN 6 Months

Joe Thornton registered three assists in San Jose's 6-2 win over Toronto on Tuesday.

Thornton has nine goals and 64 points in 66 games in 2013-14. He's been hot lately with five points in his last three contests.

Joe Thornton C SAN 7 Months

Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist in San Jose's 5-3 win on Thursday.

Thornton has recorded at least a point in four of his last five contests. Not counting the shortened campaign, he should at least reach the 70-point mark for the 10th straight season. He currently has nine goals and 61 points in 64 contests in 2013-14.

Joe Thornton C SAN 7 Months

The San Jose Sharks are one of the better teams in the NHL, while the Buffalo Sabres are one of the worst.

And yet, of the 16 times that the Sharks have faced Buffalo on the road, 15 times they have come away without the two points against a team that has made the playoffs only twice in the last six years. "They just have our number for whatever reason," said Joe Thornton, whose first game as a Shark on Dec. 2, 2005, was the lone San Jose win in Buffalo. Weird.