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Get It In Gear Joe Thornton

from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,

The playoffs are a different kind of hockey beast, an annual rite of spring that is far more life and death than the 82-game preamble. April, May and June are set aside for greatness. The stakes are high, expectations are elevated, and the best players are supposed to find that extra gear.

But you never seem to change gears, Joe. While everybody else is stepping up you always seem to take a step sideways. Or worse, back.

That is what happened last year when your Sharks captured the President’s Trophy as the best team during the regular season and then face-planted in the opening round of the playoffs. You had one goal and four assists in six game. You were a playoff bust. You always have been.

A team with Joe Thornton on it has never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs. A player that is averaging 1.26 points per regular-season game since the lockout is averaging 0.82 points per playoff game over the same stretch.

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During the Olympics I heard a great quote, and I want to say it came from Ray Ferraro, but I may be wrong. Something along the lines of:
‘We talk about players having that fire in their belly, well, Joe Thornton has it, it’s just that he’s laying beside it playing a guitar and roasting marshmallows.

Posted by Nathan from BC on 04/22/10 at 04:12 PM ET

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Thornton will turn it up once October rolls around.

Posted by steve on 04/22/10 at 04:16 PM ET

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Maybe the level he is playing in the season is as high as he can go - hence the high totals in the season and the relatively low success in the playoffs?  Could be possible.

If the Sens and Sharks are both out in the first round look for a Thornton for Spezza+ deal on draft day!  lol Okay well, maybe not but you never know tongue laugh

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 04/22/10 at 04:56 PM ET

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