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04-22-2013, 01:27 AM
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Joe Thornton ended up with fourth line wings Andrew Desjardins and Adam Burish as his linemates in the third period, but McLellan said the move wasn’t a reflection of Thornton’s play. And the fact the captain had a respectable 18:31 ice time would appear to back that up.

Here’s McLellan’s explanation for the move.

“Just a little shuffle of the lines, trying to get some people going, jolt some people. It worked. Jumbo with Desi and Burr scored the second goal and I though it gave us some energy.”

So it wasn’t about Thornton, who was all-but benched in the third period of San Jose’s 4-0 loss to Columbus at Nationwide Arena on April 9?

“No,” McLellan said. “Our whole group was not playing well.”
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