As a Thornton homer I'd like to think it's all part of some master plan...
The world may never know. But yeah he's looked absolutely horrid. Literal facepalm when he just fell on his ass tonight. I want nothing more than for him to catch fire and destroy all opposition during the big games. Hockey gods haven't been kind, but please?
I'm wondering if there's some sorta injury. His shots have seemed weaker, his skating horrible, and he just isn't making nice set up plays anymore. It's bothering me to say the least. I hope it is the master plan as was suggested above that he is coasting and will turn it on for playoffs. That will still piss me off but if he were to dominate and SJ win it would e forgivable.
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.”