SAN JOSE — There was a plethora of storylines coming out of the Sharks crazy 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators Tuesday night. Almost all of them were eclipsed by Joe Thornton scoring his 400th career goal.
With the score tied up 4-4 in the waning minutes of regulation, the towering forward receiving a magnificent cross-ice pass from linemate Marcus Sorensen before sending the puck past Nashville goalie Juuse Saros into the back of the net.
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The energy at the Tank after the goal was electric. As his teammates swarmed him in celebration, Thornton was full of emotion as his 400th marker put the Sharks on top 5-4.
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I was on the ice, it was awesome, Joe Pavelski said with a smile after the game. Its hard to put in perspective at times just what hes been able to accomplish.
The only thing making the goal even more impressive was that it put him on an exclusive list of seven players in NHL history who have scored 400 goals, tallied 1,000 assists, and played in over 1,500 games. Not surprisingly, though, Thornton told the media he was more focused on helping the team win than notching the milestone goal.
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Just trying to improve my game right now, he said, a reminder to everyone hes still battling back from those knee issues that sidelined him at the start of the season.
Its like every other night, theres some kind of stat getting thrown out there, Pavelski said of following his teammates accomplishments. Theyre fun to look at, they really are.
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Defenseman Erik Karlsson has only been Thorntons teammate for a little over a month. But since he has experience playing against No.19, he offered some perspective on what it was like for the Predators defense when Thornton came barreling down the ice.
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Hes one of those guys that you always have to be aware of, Karlsson explained. You always have to be aware of where he is because hes such a good hockey player and if he gets the opportunities, you know hes going to make you pay.
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Of course, the goal couldnt have been made possible without the beautiful set-up from Sorensen, who Thornton has had a lot of success playing with as of late.
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Marcus made a great play, Thornton complimented. I love playing with him. It seems like weve got some chemistry together now.
When asked what it was like contributing to the milestone goal, Sorensen kept his answer straight-forward.
SAN JOSE, CA – The San Jose Sharks (@sanjosesharks) announced today that it will sell limited-edition charity bags filled with custom-made Sharks merchandise and memorabilia with net proceeds benefitting the Sharks Foundation (@sharkscare). 670 limited-edition bags will go on-sale on Friday, November 23. Teal Level Charity Bags will be available at sales tables located on concourse level at the North and South entrances at SAP Center at San Jose when the Sharks host the visiting Vancouver Canucks at 6 p.m. Orange Level Charity Bags will be available for purchase online by clicking here.
The Sharks Charity Bags will sell at two price levels. 70 Orange Level Bags will be available for purchase at $1,000 each. Orange Level Bags include 13 custom Sharks items as well as an authentic Adidas Stealth Jersey signed by either Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, Logan Couture, Joe Thornton, Evander Kane, or Joe Pavelski. 600 Teal Level Bags will be available for purchase at $250 each and will include the 13 custom Sharks items. The custom Sharks items are:
Fans interested in learning more about the charity bags or to sign-up should email Alexandra Dunlap at [email protected]