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Thornton: Experience makes Sharks so calm it’s scary

May 4, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 3: Goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks watches Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks fire a shot off the goal post during the second period in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, May 03, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on during the play. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks held the lead for most of Game 2 against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Then Ryan Kesler stepped up in the third period to give the Canucks a 2-1 edge.

With less than a minute left in the contest, it looked like that would be sufficient, but Patrick Marleau found the back of the net with 56 seconds to spare. Raffi Torres scored in overtime to give the sixth seed Sharks a 2-0 series lead.

That kind of clutch performance is in defiance of the Sharks’ history of falling short in the playoffs, but perhaps their past misses are part of what made this comeback possible.

“We’re a bunch of veterans,” Sharks’ captain Joe Thornton told NHL.com. “All of us have played in so many playoff games, the calmness is scary sometimes.”

Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle‘s attempted pass near the midway point of the third period led to Kesler’s second goal, but Boyle shrugged that off and helped set up Marleau’s game-tying goal.

“We showed a lot of character and a lot of guts to come back,” Boyle said in a CSN Bay Area report. “A win is a win. It wasn’t pretty, and we were obviously on our heels after we had the one goal lead a little bit too much, but a win is a win.”

San Jose had a 17-2-5 record in the HP Pavilion this season. With the series heading there, Vancouver will have a very tough time turning things around.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - May 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Good luck nuckle heads, your gonna need it

    • jhuck92 - May 4, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      the irony is killing me

  2. bigtganks - May 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Oh my gosh Joe… Calm down. You’re up 2-0 in the first round. Let’s not act like you’ve won 14 in a row in the playoffs.

  3. ryanw822 - May 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    its easy to stay calm when you never win anything

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - May 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    All he’s saying is that there’s a lot of playoff experience in the locker room. is there not? They have came from behind in both games to win and not to mention on the road against a Canucks team that is considered favourites. Jeeeez!

  5. rebel21das - May 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I’m glad he feels that way, hopefully that continues throughout this series and if their lucky enough maybe they’ll make it to the finals for once. Either way it would be extremely satisfying to see the Sharks sweep the Nucks at the Shark Tank, and Jumbo Joe needs to keep scoring for any of that to happen. Boosh, go Sharks!!!!

  6. sdlare53 - May 6, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    What is not calming is watching a nationally televised game and have to listen to the ignorant, classless, cheerleaders from San Jose. I get it, they’re your team, but you are supposed to be journalists, and when doing a national broadcast, at least TRY to sound neutral. Good God, I’ve never heard so much whining and penalty calling from behind a microphone in my life. NBC, please put your own team on these games so we don’t have to listen to this garbage broadcast. You’ve been doing this with those clowns for a while now, and frankly, it has gotten old and annoying. Please help us, please?

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