To blame Thornton for Sharks loss would be wrong

Logan Couture of the Sharks is pursued by Dustin Brown of the Kings during Game 7 of the Western...

Logan Couture of the Sharks is pursued by Dustin Brown of the Kings during Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals in Los Angles. (AFP/Getty)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:19 AM ET

Ten points in 10 playoff games for Joe Thornton.

That was before Tuesday night, when Jumbo Joe had none for the San Jose Sharks.

In Game 7 against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center, the Sharks had little luck beating Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who could have stopped a pea if it was coming at him 100 miles an hour.

Thornton usually gets the blame when the Sharks don’t have playoff success. He is seen by some as the face of the Sharks’ post-season struggles.

And that likely will continue in the coming days after the Sharks fell 2-1 against the Kings in the deciding game of the Western Conference semifinal.

But to put it all on Thornton this spring would be wrong. The third and fourth line for the Sharks didn’t score a goal in the playoffs. Just one San Jose forward, Patrick Marleau, scored a goal in the four games of the series in Los Angeles.


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