Skip to content

Sharks’ Thornton atop NHL scoring lead

Jan 25, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

Thornton Getty Images

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton knows what it’s like to be the NHL’s leading scorer.

He actually achieved the feat back in 2005-06, following the previous lockout, with 125 points in 81 games split between the Boston Bruins and Sharks.

Thornton must find the work stoppages as motivation, because he leads the NHL with nine points in three games. He jumped into the lead thanks to a four-point effort in a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday night.

His teammate, Patrick Marleau, is second in league scoring with eight points and tops in the NHL with six goals. Together, they have formed a dangerous duo for Western Conference opponents.

“I know what he likes to do, he knows what I like to do. It doesn’t matter if we were playing together during this lockout or not, we’re still going to have good chemistry,” Thornton told the San Jose Mercury News.

The Sharks have averaged five goals per game, which is only second to their Californian cousins, the Anaheim Ducks.

On Thursday, the Sharks fell behind by two goals in the third period, but scored four times in just 10:45 to claim the win.

“We held them to two shots in the second period and were controlling every aspect of the game,” Coyotes captain Shane Doan told NHL.com.

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Kings’ Richards spears Sharks’ Couture

    Apr 21, 2014, 2:19 AM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-04-20 at 11.06.58 PM

    This has happened a few times in these playoffs.

  2. Video: Bad blood continues to brew between Sharks and Kings

    Apr 21, 2014, 1:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game Two Getty Images

    This one could’ve gotten uglier than it did.

  3. Avalanche’s Duchene (knee) expected to skate Monday

    Apr 21, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT

    Matt Duchene Getty Images

    Patrick Roy: “We’re going to be very smart about when he’s going to come back.”

  4. Video: Mike Brown hit sends Kings’ Toffoli into Quick

    Apr 20, 2014, 10:52 PM EDT

    Jonathan Quick AP

    Just another game between these two California rivals.

  5. Shocking: Lightning coach isn’t happy about disallowed goal

    Apr 20, 2014, 10:34 PM EDT

    Jon Cooper, Tyler Johnson, Ryan Malone AP

    Jon Cooper straddles the line between snarky and careful.

  6. WATCH LIVE: Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks (Game 2)

    Apr 20, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One Getty Images

    Kings hope to avoid two straight years of 0-2 first-round deficits.

  7. Bad luck strikes twice: Lightning goal waved off, Stamkos takes knee to head

    Apr 20, 2014, 8:59 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    Tampa Bay’s captain managed to return later in the game.

  8. Trotz says goodbye to Nashville with full-page ad in newspaper

    Apr 20, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

    Barry Trotz Getty Images

    Classy gesture after 16 seasons with the Predators.

  9. Video: Habs take 1-0 lead in just 11 seconds

    Apr 20, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    Not exactly an ideal start for Anders Lindback.

  10. Emery states case to remain in Flyers’ net (if Mason can play in Game 3)

    Apr 20, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers - Game Two Getty Images

    He stopped 31 out of 33 in Sunday’s win vs. the Rangers.

  11. Bruins handle Red Wings 4-1, tie series 1-1

    Apr 20, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

    Justin Florek, Tomas Tatar AP

    Milan Lucic scored a goal a game after that spearing incident.

  12. Sibling rivalry: Reilly Smith scores, Brendan challenges Chara

    Apr 20, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

    Smith Chara

    They are playing on opposite sides in the Detroit-Boston series.

  13. Lightning coach: Everyone’s written us off, so we have nothing to lose

    Apr 20, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

    Jon Cooper AP

    They’re down 2-0 to Montreal going into Game 3 tonight.

Featured video

Detroit must exploit Boston's young D
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. T. Oshie (3910)
  2. M. Duchene (3331)
  3. B. Bishop (2708)
  4. D. Backes (2620)
  5. E. Malkin (2445)
  1. O. Palat (2409)
  2. R. Getzlaf (2369)
  3. S. Mason (2272)
  4. H. Zetterberg (2158)
  5. F. Andersen (1970)