Thornton’s first playoff goal has Sharks up 2-0
Beating Edmonton in Game 2 on Monday had a familiar look to it for the Sharks, except for one major wrinkle: Joe Thornton bagged his first playoff goal as a Shark, and it held up as the winner in the 2-1 victory.
Another night, another bunch of body blows. The Edmonton Oilers made their wicked intentions known at Monday’s opening faceoff. Standing on the rim of the circle, wearing his white road uniform and an ominous expression, was Georges Laraque.
It started out as a 5-on-3 disadvantage for the Sharks and it got worse from there. Much worse.
Scott Hannan broke his stick. Mark Smith did the same. And for nearly 40 seconds, Kyle McLaren was the only San Jose skater fully armed for the task at hand.
Yet somehow the three — who were on the ice the entire 1:41 that the Sharks were down two men — and goalie Vesa Toskala managed to kill off the two penalties and protect a one-goal lead.
It has to be said: San Jose is a good team. A really good team. Their forwards can fly, and when they get possession in deep they are awfully tough to move off the puck. Better than their puck possession, though, is how well they all move without the puck; they are always attacking the net. If I didn’t hate them so much I’d probably really enjoy watching them.