The San Jose Sharks continue to struggle. They have lost eight of their last ten games. Falling from the division lead, they are now fighting just for home-ice advantage for round one in the playoffs. Logan Couture has missed the last four games after a deflected puck knocked out some of his teeth. That was the icing on the cake for a stretch of terrible hockey. Sunday night, the final road game for the regular season saw a Sharks win against the Vancouver Canucks. Unfortunately, it may have cost San Jose something so much more than just a couple points.
Tomas Hertl, who has not scored in 17 games, finally got off the schnide. In a span of 1:51, Hertl pocketed two goals late in the first period to give the Sharks a 2-0 jersey. The first came off a rebound in front of the net, which took a bounce to Hertl. The second goal came from a pass off the stick of Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Hertl skated from the right of Canucks goalie Ryan Miller and put it home. Things were great for Team Teal.
Jump forward four and a half minutes. Things went from great, to dreadful. Joe Thornton, the Sharks Mr. Reliable, left the game with a left knee injury. With just under three minutes left in the first period, Thornton collided with Michael Chaput after a shove from Luca Sbisa. Nothing dirty at all, but Jumbo’s knee hit just right to be wrong. His knee appeared to jolt back and to the right. The tone in Jamie Baker’s voice truly is sobering.
Of course as a fan, the hardest thing was watching Jumbo stumble to the dressing room. The guy has been so healthy throughout his career. With the season winding down and the playoffs on the horizon, Sharks fans hope Thornton will return soon.
This taken from Dictionary.com: “Pyrrhic Victory: a victory in which the victor’s losses are as great as those of the defeated”. Yes, the Sharks defeated the lowly Vancouver Canucks, but they lost their top Centerman. With the way things sit for the Sharks right now, they need to dig down deep and rally together for Jumbo. They are hopeful Couture can return sometime this week, but time will tell how long Thornton will be sidelined for. Get well soon Joe Thornton.