Kings @ Sharks Game #2 - 4/16/11 - POSTGAME THOUGHTS & TIDBITS
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04-18-2011, 05:48 PM
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Its one thing to lose at home in the playoffs... its another to lose the way they did at home in the playoffs.
Zad, who you know was at the game (where you see things you can't see on TV), told me that he saw Thornton arguing with his own bench numerous times in between plays. Specifically having a little screaming match with Clowe during the game. These things only strengthen a point that at this point, is pretty solid to begin with.
Its either a coaching issue or a captaincy issue, and since I like their coach and think, based off what I know (which obviously isn't everything... I shouldn't even have to point that out... its a given), I'm going with it being a captaincy/locker room issue.
... Of course I can't really comment on Thornton having words with guys on the bench because no one really knows what was said and from what I've seen, Clowe seems to yell at everyone. I don't know.
Was Thornton all that bad in game 2? I can't say that I thought he was.
Whereas the Sharks were giving the puck away for most of the game, Thornton put in more time than anyone on the team except for Boyle, and didn't have one giveaway. Thornton was very good on the draw. He played on the PK and neither of the Kings PP goals were scored with him on the ice. In fact, Thornton was the guy who won a battle for the puck with Handzus and cleared it out, and he no sooner got off the ice than the Kings came right back and got the goal from Doughty to make it 2-0. Thornton was the guy who ended up in front of the net on the Clifford goal because Justin Braun got caught chasing Clifford (then lost him) and Wallin was tied up with Simmonds in the slot.
On the offensive side, I usually saw Thornton right in front of Quick on most of the Sharks' chances, so I didn't see a failure to get involved at all. A couple times, he was camped out on one side of the net and rebounds bounced the other way, just bad luck. Of course, the argument always seems to be "he didn't create enough" but from my perspective I thought it was more of a case of the Kings playing good defense and doing much more to win the game than the Sharks did to lose it. I've been trying to watch Thornton as much as anyone, precisely because of his reputation. Granted, I'm limited to watching on TV, but I'm not seeing any lack of effort on his part, and I don't see anything in the numbers that would indicate otherwise.
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