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Video: Joe Thornton pulls off beautiful toe-drag shootout goal

Feb 2, 2014, 2:10 AM EDT

The San Jose Sharks got the win over the Chicago Blackhawks, with a little help from Joe Thornton and a stunning toe-drag move on Corey Crawford in the shootout.

The Sharks outlasted the Blackhawks by a final score of 2-1. The offence has become something of a concern for the Sharks recently, and that continued Saturday, with only one goal in regulation time against Chicago. Perhaps a small confidence booster: the Sharks did score three times in the skills competition, capped off by Thornton’s beauty.

Now, you’ve probably seen this move done before – by Pavel Datsyuk.

  1. sjsharks66 - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:45 AM

    Beautiful goal! Jumbo needs to shoot the puck more. He has some of the best hands in the league.

    • mcflower29 - Feb 2, 2014 at 3:20 AM

      i’m sure with those great hands he’ll shoot some on your face.

  2. opattytheirishrover - Feb 2, 2014 at 3:51 AM

    Always a bright spot on my day when a lumberjack throws down a beauty.


  3. 19to77 - Feb 2, 2014 at 4:54 AM

    Wow. Thornton made it look effortless. Just glided right in and clear around Crawford without a care in the world. That was sleek as hell.

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    How is he not playing for Canada? Whatevs, good luck Kunitz anyway

  5. jpat2424 - Feb 2, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Wonder what’s gonna happen first. All the snow in Chicago melting or the hawks win a SO. Hmmmmm

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Doesn’t bode well for the playoffs does it?


  6. polegojim - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Nice goal… but a simple poke check would have ended it quickly.

    Crawford took a page out of Howards book on that one… and not a good page.

    • jhaegs - Feb 2, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      He should watch Elliot. The guy had two poke checks in a row to win the SO last night. 😄

  7. phillyfan11 - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    That was a beautiful goal.

  8. penvik - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I love how people always get tricked I to thinking Thornton is a goal scorer. He showed flashes like this his whole career. That’s why most people get frustrated with him. It was a nice goal but in a SO with no defense and the goaltender didn’t help on that one. Kunitz does deserve the Canada nod over Joe because he DOES score on a regular basis and plays a more gritty style game, which is Thorntons biggest knock. When the going gets tough, Jumbo Joe isn’t all the big anymore.

    • seeingwhatsticks - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      You are a god damned idiot if you think picking Kunitz over Thornton had anything to do with the “grittiness” of either player’s game, or if you think that anyone associated with Team Canada would trade Thornton for Kunitz straight up under any circumstance. Your comment is as ignorant as saying Team Canada should have picked Giroux over Vlasic because he scores more goals. Kunitz and Thornton play different positions, and with Getzlaf, Crosby, Tavares, Toews, etc they didn’t need another setup man or center. Since goal scoring is the only thing that matters I’m assuming you would agree that the 5 best players in the league are Ovechkin, Kessel, Perry, Pavelski, and Sharp, right?

  9. snipedanglecelly13 - Feb 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Datsyuk still does it better than any one else!

  10. joey4id - Feb 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Was that really a toe-drag? Didn’t look like he used the toe of his stick to drag the puck….

    • hockeydon10 - Feb 2, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Maybe the tech that does the article titles didn’t know to call it properly.

      “Thornton pulls off a beautiful Datsyukian shootout goal”.

      • joey4id - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        Yes! That it was indeed. I think Thornton will have to pay royalties. Datysuk registered a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. :-)

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