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by Paul on 04/17/06 at 05:08 PM ET
A quick recap of the Joe Thornton teleconference that took place this afternoon.
Joe was asked about the chemistry between him and Cheechoo. Joe said he likes to pass and Johnathan likes to score. Commends Cheechoo for working on his game every day and Joe said he loves playing with a guy like that.
Thornton assumes he will see a lot of Brendan Witt in the upcoming series and expects a fast skating series. His line is used to playing against the checking line and the best defensive pairing so seeing it during the playoffs will not be new to him.
Joe personally feels the Sharks are very aggressive, play an up-tempo game and are very fast. Doesn't think the Eastern teams play as fast but the players in the East are bigger and in the end, hockey is hockey.
Thornton says he watches games every night, and expects the penalty calls will be the same as they are now. Thinks the game is awesome right now, not that it was before, but the game is even better now with the new rules in place.
Joe mentioned any team in the playoffs has a good shot at winning the cup. Said he expects a few first round upsets and thinks a surprise team from out west might win the Cup.
He mentioned his dad and Phil Esposito tell him everyday that he needs to shoot more, and he realizes that. He said as he gets older he probably will.
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