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Sharks’ Thornton thinks he has Quick figured out

May 26, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

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One of the struggles the San Jose Sharks have had in their series with the Los Angeles Kings has been figuring out how to beat goalie Jonathan Quick. Luckily for them, captain Joe Thornton seems to have figured him out. At least he thinks so.

Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury Times hears from Thornton about the way he believes they can beat Quick.

“When you get within 10 feet of him, you’ve got to find the opening, find the hole,” Thornton said. “You hope to use his aggressiveness against him, use the back door.”

Sounds simple enough, right? Get him moving laterally and wait for an opening to rifle the puck by him. Problem there is Quick has been getting progressively better as the playoffs roll along.

The two games he’s lost in this series have seen him give up just four goals total in those match-ups and his numbers in the playoffs are terrifying (1.50 GAA, .948 SV%).

For the Sharks’ sake, they’d better hope their captain’s plan is the one that leads to a comeback victory in the series.

  1. barroomhero80 - May 26, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    That’s cute. Douche

    • valoisvipers - May 26, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      He did get the first goal of the game tonight.

  2. sjsharks66 - May 26, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Not as cute as Quick’s cry baby antics after a loss. Which we will see tonight… Douche

    • dannymac17 - May 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      The Sharks and their fans are known for excuses and cry baby antics. I associate delusional and Sharks fans 99% of the time

  3. kingsfan68 - May 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    sharksfan66v you’re the biggest douche so are all you cry baby sharks players and fans, face it you’ll never win a Stanley Cup ….

    • President Charles Logan - May 26, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Joe Thornton is a perfect fit for the Sharks, cause, he’s never won anything .

      • hockeyflow33 - May 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        Ummmm, I’d take this resume:

        Major junior
        Named to the OHL All-Rookie Team in 1996.
        Won the Emms Family Award as OHL rookie of the year in 1996.
        Named the CHL Rookie of the Year in 1996.
        Named to the OHL Second All-Star Team in 1997.

        Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (captain).
        Won the Art Ross Trophy in 2006.
        Won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2006.
        Named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 2006.
        Named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 2003 and 2008.

        Won the Spengler Cup with HC Davos in 2004.
        Won the Swiss ice hockey championship with HC Davos in 2005.

        Won a World Junior Championships gold medal with Team Canada in 1997.
        Won the World Cup of Hockey with Team Canada in 2004.
        Won the 2010 Winter Olympics gold medal with Canada.

      • President Charles Logan - May 26, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        umm (a typical sound an immature teenager makes attempting to have a discussion)… he has no cups and has lost his game … over rated buffoon …

      • hockeyflow33 - May 27, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        If I was a teenager I assume I’d have better things to do on a Sunday night long weekend other than post on a message board.

        He’s also continued his near point per game average in the regular season and has 10 points in 10 playoff games this year, how is that overrated or losing his game?

      • President Charles Logan - May 27, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        thornton has one goal in the
        playoffs …. ( chuckle to myself)

  4. kingsfan93 - May 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    First Sharks thought to beat J. Quick was to run into him (still do actually). Now it is look for back door by getting rebounds on him lol. You know, st. Louis, Phoenix, and etc… have said samething. You think that if it was that simple, that you be doing it a while ago. That is why J. Quick has those terrifying numbers for. Thornton is a douch. Keep it up.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 26, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    I like all your bandwagon names. Kingsfan1 kingsfan2 and kingsfan3. The kings are on their 65th consecutive sellout game. What is that? Last years playoffs, this short season and this years playoffs. Check out the sharks consecutive sellouts. We don’t have to win the cup to support our team. If that makes us “douches and cry babies” then so be it.

    • dannymac17 - May 26, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      *insert picture of Kings hoisting stanley cup*

      *insert picture of crying Sharks fans holding nothing*

    • President Charles Logan - May 26, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      yeah thats why you self admitted you’re a closet Pens fan … why dont you admit what other closet you recently came out of

    • lostone49 - May 26, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Is this name better for you sjsharks66? Does it make you feel better that I have been a Kings fan since ’85….back when I was 14 years old? It really doesn’t matter at all to me how long YOU have been a sharks fan. Really it doesn’t, I’m just glad you like the NHL. Oh, and by the way….you can thank us Kings fans for you even having a team to root for!

  6. 13datsyuk13 - May 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Just like the sharks, always looking for the back door opportunities.

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - May 26, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Quick is tough to beat, and the first problem is getting past the pack of pit bulls protecting him. And as we saw a year ago, when they start sniffing the Cup, they seem to get snarlier. But as a nonpartisan, I’d love to see it go 7.

  8. csilojohnson - May 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Before everyone gets all fired up.
    I would imagine he was asked how they are going to beat Quick. Based on the quote this article chose to highlight. The misleading title is just to get people to read about yet another generic response.
    Yes I am to lazy to actually search for the interview.

  9. sjsharks66 - May 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Again, the sharks don’t need a cup to have their fans support. You guys can say how we have not won the cup all you want. It does not change our loyalty to our team.

    • dannymac17 - May 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      still doesnt change the fact you are full of excuses when your team comes up short.

    • lostone49 - May 26, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Kings fans have been through so many bad years, yet we still supported the team, that you have no idea about. Kepp spouting off there, sj66, if it makes you feel better.

  10. hockeyflow33 - May 26, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I find anyone from LA questioning another team’s fanbase beyond ridiculous

  11. tjn4608 - May 26, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    The only way the Sharks will lose this game and game 7 is that they beat themselves like they always do. Stop skating when they get a lead and play prevent defense which are too remedies for losing. Skate hard, finish your checks which includes back checking and put the the puck on the net from anywhere and everywhere. Bring the cup to San Jose where it belongs,because your too talented to fail every year like you do.

  12. sjsharks66 - May 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    The Kings team is very good. They have the skill to repeat. Their fans though make them unbearable to see win. Just like most people in LA. Their fans are pompous assholes.

    • kingsfan93 - May 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      You talk out of ignoranc, you fool.

    • President Charles Logan - May 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      sjsharks66 is a closet pens fan …

  13. alswingman - May 26, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    The only time the Kings have fans is when they win. It’s all fair weather down in the land of fair weather. Personally, I am tired of hearing the name “Jonathan Quick” He is no better than any goaltender in the NHL, KHL, OHL, etc. The difference is Quick is a classless whiner when things don’t go his way. I’m also sick of Sutter’s bad breath mug. Kings fans, your team’s mojo is wearing out. You may win this series with SJ but whoever you meet next will lay you out cold 4 straight. (I am a Sabres fan in case anyone is wondering my allegiance)

    • President Charles Logan - May 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      then you should be used to losing alswinger

      • alswingman - May 26, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        That is generally the response to be expected from low IQs as yourself Charles, meaning you are likely a junior high school dropout. That’;s ok, I’m not offended. Just letting you know your IQ is inferior. Does your mommy know you are online or should I tell her when I see her later?

      • President Charles Logan - May 26, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        lol where do you get that I have a low IQ from? , alls i did was point out the facts… Buffalo Sabres .. epic losers year in and year out

  14. kingsforever - May 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    We’ve never won a Pacific Division title. San Jose has the most Pacific division titles. Cool. I’m so impressed.

  15. 13datsyuk13 - May 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    The gold medal is most impressive

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