Sharks see light after season of change

Joe Thornton is still chasing that elusive Stanley Cup ring, but he's just as bummed to be starting...

Joe Thornton is still chasing that elusive Stanley Cup ring, but he's just as bummed to be starting summer vacation because it means splitting up from the rest of his hockey-playing pals. (Jed Jacobsohn/Reuters)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:44 PM ET

Joe Thornton might still be seated in the visitors' room at the Staples Center.

Only if the rest of his San Jose Sharks teammates stuck around, though.

The Sharks captain is still chasing that elusive Stanley Cup ring, but he's just as bummed to be starting summer vacation because it means splitting up from the rest of his hockey-playing pals.

“It’s disappointing right now,” Thornton told reporters after Tuesday's season-ending setback in L.A. “We were just having so much fun. It’s disappointing that it has to end because we were really enjoying this.”

The Sharks had a good thing going, at least until their 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of their second-round NHL playoff series.

Having advanced to the Western Conference finals three times in the past decade, a second-round ouster wouldn't usually be considered a successful season in the Bay Area.


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