San Jose's Joe Thornton Taking San Jose To The Top

By anthonyweihofen

Joe Thornton is taking charge and proving that the San Jose Sharks are the best in the Western Conference.

Statistically this will be impossible to prove in the whole conference unless they win the Stanley Cup but they can be the best of the teams in the west coast and conquer their division.

A win for San Jose and a loss for the Phoenix Coyotes would put the Sharks up to first in their division and third in the conference.  If this is going to happen though San Jose will be relying on their leading scorer and team captain Joe Thornton to keep his current streak alive.

Thornton has five points during his current three-game point streak including two big points in the Sharks last game against the Los Angeles Kings. Thornton scored a goal and an assist in what turned out to be an ugly 6-5 shootout win for San Jose.

The two teams combined for a total 61-penalty minutes including two fights. One of those fights was a scrap between Joe Thornton and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.

San Jose isn’t been a team of individual stardom or have fancy stars like Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos or Claude Giroux but working as a team worked for them last night.

San Jose’s last three five-goal games in the past week and a half has been a sign of a team turn around. As a team who has a strong defense but not the most reliable offense the Sharks are starting to step up more consistently. Since February the Sharks have a 7-0-1 record when scoring at least four goals in a game and are 10-5-2 when scoring at least three goals in a game.

Proving that they are a winning team when their offense produces what their talent should have been doing all year this next game will show if San Jose’s three-game winning streak is just a fluke or a sign of the real San Jose Sharks.

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