The Joe Thornton dilemma has way more to do with the Boston Bruins and their failure to recognize the power of personality and the characteristics each player brings. Hockey is the most human of games. Every emotion is touched in a hockey game. Excitement, love, rage, anger, exaltation. It’s all there. The mix of the team is essential, and it starts at the top.
Also worth reading is John Buccigross’ experiments with ephedrine and speed. It’s at the bottom of the article.
Flyers win battle of goalies
In the new-look NHL, where offense is heavily emphasized, there is still room for an old-fashioned defensive struggle. Both the Flyers and Calgary Flames proved last night that a shortage of goals doesn’t equate to a lack of excitement.
If Joe Thornton keeps this up, he will quickly shed any lingering disappointment about being traded.
He certainly made a memorable first splash in the Shark Tank.
Thornton assisted on his new team’s first goal, then scored later in the opening period to lead the San Jose Sharks to their third straight victory in his home debut, 5-3 over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night.
All Shawn Tilger wanted was one goal, just one little Flyers goal. For the past 4 days, the Flyers’ vice president of marketing had watched and worried over the installation of two giant horns hung above the center-ice scoreboard, devices normally used by ships at sea when they want to make a lot of noise.