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Joe Thornton now leads the NHL in assists with 20.
Thornton is playing between Tommy Wingels and Tomas Hertl in what has been a great line for the Sharks since they were thrown together on November 5. "We're forechecking hard together," Thornton said. "Me and Tomas have been together all year, but Tommy has picked up right where [Brent Burns] left off. He's very competitive, shooting the puck well, and he's just competing. The line seems to be going pretty good right now." Thornton is tied for seventh in NHL scoring with 22 points.
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Joe Thornton registered two assists in San Jose's 3-2 overtime win against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
Thornton is tied for the NHL lead in assists with 17 in 18 games. He's also on a five-game point streak. Thornton probably won't make a serious run at the NHL's scoring title this season, but there's a good chance that he'll end up with 80-90 points.
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Joe Thornton is on a three-game point streak.
Thornton has two goals and 16 points in 16 games this season. Not counting the shorten season, Thornton has reached the 70-point milestone in every campaign since 2002-03 and we don't expect this season to be an exception.
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John Thornton, the brother and agent of Joe Thornton, suggested that his client is willing to take less money to re-sign with the San Jose Sharks.
"I still think Joe is a franchise player but he's not going to go for those big numbers," John said. "On an open market, he would get large offers. I don't think that's what he's looking for. I still see him being in San Jose after this year." If John Thornton is willing to take a hometown discount, then the odds of him sticking with the Sharks should be very high.
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Updating an earlier item, Joe Thornton's two-month-old son was in the hospital, but he has since returned home.
His son's illness resulted in him cancelling his trip to Calgary for Team Canada's orientation camp. Thornton was part of the gold medal-winning team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
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San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson has had talks with Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau, who are all in the last year of their contracts.
Of course, Wilson wouldn't disclose the nature of those talks or whether they've been positive or negative. Wilson said the team will continue to talk with the reps for all three players moving forward, but we would be surprised if anything got done before the season. More likely the veteran trio will have to play out their deals before revisiting talks either during or after the season.
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Joe Thornton had a strong 2013 playoffs despite San Jose's second-round elimination at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings.
He notched two goals and 10 points in 10 contests, but the Sharks couldn't muster much of anything against Jonathan Quick in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat. San Jose didn't a get a goal in the playoffs from their bottom-six forward group and Patrick Marleau was the team's only forward who found the back of the net in the four games in Los Angeles during the series. Thornton will shoulder some of the blame as the team's leader, but the bottom line is collectively the Sharks just weren't productive enough.
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Joe Thornton scored a power play goal for the Sharks in a 2-1 win over the Kings in Game Six of their Western Conference playoff series.
Thronton has seemed rejuvenated this postseason with 10 points in as many games, however a road victory will be needed if the Sharks are going to be victorious in Game Seven of the series. T.J. Galiardi also added his first goal of the postseason in San Jose's win.