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04-15-2006, 10:51 PM
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The real way to stop Thornton is to cover Cheechoo. Make sure Cheechoo always has one or two guys on him, and then Thornton will turn the puck over.

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04-16-2006, 12:08 AM
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Preds fan here.

I am interested to hear how you guys held Thornton to 7gp-0g-0a in last season's playoffs.

We need all the advice we can get. Did he just suck that bad, or did you have a specific strategy?
Two years ago he was just injured... Now, he is 100% healthy, Happy with Cheechoo... I think that the story may be different this year... He is having a career-season... Too bad for the bruins, he is not one of them anymore...

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04-16-2006, 12:12 AM
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Markov took care of him so badly that he speared Markov a couple of times.... And that Komisarek check sure didn't hurt us

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You gonna have a though time really. Sure Markov did take care of him, but we hold a special card come playoff time and it is Saku Koivu.

They were matched together in both series and he just badly outplayed and outhustled him. I am not sure you've got a center that can take care of him the way Saku did.

Saku's a monster come playoff time, the Olympic Saku !


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04-16-2006, 09:31 AM
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Go strength against strength. Put Kariya, Steve Sullivan and Legwand out against his line. If you have the puck, he can't score. Your line may be small and speedy, but if they hustle hard and skate through open space they will be good. They also have to play playoff hockey. Even though they are small guys they need to hit and grind too.

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04-16-2006, 09:40 AM
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Seek a little terrier called Saku Koivu on him! Then hit him a couple of times. He'll disappear and start crying like a little girl...

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Preds fan here.

I am interested to hear how you guys held Thornton to 7gp-0g-0a in last season's playoffs.

We need all the advice we can get. Did he just suck that bad, or did you have a specific strategy?
Put your best and fastest offensive players up against him. Having to play defense and skate takes him off his offensive game and gets him frustrated into taking dumb penalties. He's as dumb as he is talented. Also get under his skin whenever you can.

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04-16-2006, 09:56 AM
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I don't buy that ''Joe was hurt'' crap. Koivu was hurt too but was playing every shifts like it was his last. If Joe was showing heart sometime he would be a Top5 player.

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04-16-2006, 11:05 AM
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Actually, you guys have Shae Weber...he would be your best option if he plays the way he did against Ovechkin at the WJC the other year!

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04-16-2006, 11:05 AM
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I want the Preds to kick Sharks *** in 4.
Thornton with no points, minus 18.
Perreault with 5 goals.

Go Preds Go

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Injure his ribs...

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04-16-2006, 08:56 PM
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I don't buy that ''Joe was hurt'' crap. Koivu was hurt too but was playing every shifts like it was his last. If Joe was showing heart sometime he would be a Top5 player.
He is leading the NHL for assist and point... He think that Thornton is arguably a top-5 player in the NHL...

Thornton was severly injured in his last playoffs serie against Montreal... If he wasn't in the playoffs, he would have miss at least 6 weeks...

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04-16-2006, 09:09 PM
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I think the best way to go at him is with speed at the forward positions and brawn at defense, and hit him every chance you get.

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04-16-2006, 10:27 PM
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Preds fan here.

I am interested to hear how you guys held Thornton to 7gp-0g-0a in last season's playoffs.

We need all the advice we can get. Did he just suck that bad, or did you have a specific strategy?
How do you stop Thornton? Easy. Let him play the Habs.

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04-16-2006, 10:49 PM
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He is leading the NHL for assist and point... He think that Thornton is arguably a top-5 player in the NHL...

Thornton was severly injured in his last playoffs serie against Montreal... If he wasn't in the playoffs, he would have miss at least 6 weeks...
Actually, I must admit that he's presently Top5, but let's see in the playoffs if he can show up. Sure he has more teammate this time, maybe it will help him. But he wasn't impressive the two times we met him in the playoffs.

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04-17-2006, 08:13 AM
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The way the Sharks are playing right now and Vokoun out im sorry but you guy's have almost no chance.Thornton for me is the best player in the league can make a 10 goal scorer in a 30 goal scorer.Thornton was hurt 2 years ago and in Boston expectations were too high since they suck and have not won since 1972.Now he has no pressure whats so ever and Ron Wilson lets him play the way he wants.

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04-17-2006, 08:44 AM
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Put your best and fastest offensive players up against him. Having to play defense and skate takes him off his offensive game and gets him frustrated into taking dumb penalties. He's as dumb as he is talented. Also get under his skin whenever you can.
You have it perfect. I have seen Thornton play for years and YES he does take penilties when he is under pressure. He gets even for hits under pressure, no matter what the score. Always use your body, over and over again. Don't chose to stick check. Legal hits, but never ending is the key to Thornton. He will retaliate and it WILL put him off his game.

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Ask Brendan Witt and Jordan Tootoo to take care of him

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