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03-01-2010, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Barrie22 View Post
i really don't know about getzlaf, but when canada has used thornton in a shut down role (04 world cup), he got high praise for his job centering that line.

i know people won't believe me, but it is one thing that keeps getting thornton invited to play for team canada at these high pressured tournaments (even though half the fans in the world think he's a choker and sucks) is that thornton no matter what you ask of him, he will go out and do it. be it the go to guy offensively (05 world championships), 4th line shut down center (04 world cup), and in the 2010 olympics i really don't know what the sharks line role truely was, it wasn't the full on shut down line (that was toews line), it wasn't a scoring line (getzlaf and crosby's line), and if that line was asked to be a scoring line, then babcock still didn't have a problem with thorntons lack of production on the line. considering he called out crosby and iginla. iginla had 3 goals, and crosby had like 5 points in the games they were respectively called out on.
I agree. Thornton line seemed more like a bridge line. Keep up the pressure while the top two scoring lines rested. Heatley and Marleau seemed to get off a ton of shots. Sharks line also provided stability in the prelims, while Babcock tinkered with the other three.

As much flak the Sharks got, I felt they did a good job.

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