Joe Thorton, And The Sharks Clip Detroit’s Red Wings.

Posted: February 25, 2011 in San Jose Sharks

What’s up sports fans? San Jose continues to put pressure on the Pacific Division race by beating the Red Wings in Detroit 4-3. Huge night for Joe Thorton. He scores his 300th NHL career goal and the Sharks stay competive against 1st place Detroit to get the win. Devin Setoguchi helped Thorton with the assist on goal number 300. “Jumbo really came to play,” San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. Detroit pushed the puck heavy at the beginning with shot after shot, it appeared to be another game where the amount of  shots and the selection of shots would be the game decider.

Not in this one, Antii Niemi would play one of his best defensive games of the season. He had 35 saves which kept San Jose in contention throughout the game. The Central Division Red Wings was trying to narrow Vancouver’s lead by beating the Sharks. It would put the Red Wings  in a better position against the Canucks and other teams like San Jose. Jimmy Howard for Detroit stopped the Sharks 39 times in defeat, “Were not going to win every one. So this is nothing to get down about.” Sharks couldn’t stop Henrik Zetterberg from scoring with a 1:51 during a power-play, it allowed the Red Wings to come within a goal to keep the battle on the ice interesting.

“I’m not taking anything away from them.” said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, “They made plays toward the end, you have to give them credit for that.” Ryan Clowe had a blocked shot and a breakaway run that he turned into a goal inside the middle of the game. Devin Setoguchi also had two goals one of them with 1:17 left in the second period, and another with 13:12 left in the third period. Danny Cleary scored two goals for Detroit in the second period, one of them tied the game early in the second with 14:42 left to play. Joe Thornton scored first with 18 seconds left in the period on a power-play, he became 1 of 18 NHL players with 300 goals.

He’s now in an elite class of NHL players such as Teemu Selanne,  Mike Modano, and Mark Recchi. As a person you work at your craft to reach a goal or mark in your career. The 6 foot 4 230 lb. center has done just that. “He’s very good with the puck and he uses his size to his advantage,” Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lindstrom said. “He’s hard to defend with or without the puck.” Sharks improve to 34-21-6 and move up in the Pacific Western Conference. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


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