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Topic - Joe Thornton
The San Jose Sharks signed center Joe Pavelski to a $30 million, five-year contract extension Tuesday that will keep him off the free-agent market next summer.
Justin Williams scored two goals in the second period, Jonathan Quick made 25 saves in his latest dominant playoff performance and the Kings advanced with a 2-1 victory over San Jose in Game 7 on Tuesday night.
Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks got into a rare fight Friday night.
Alex Ovechkin left the United States on a jet plane bound for Russia, saying earlier this month he wasn't sure when and if he would be back.
History might not matter to these Washington Capitals: 18 years without a victory in San Jose.
As difficult as it is for visiting teams to play at HP Pavilion against the San Jose Sharks, the Washington Capitals were feeling pretty good Saturday night. They had just tied the score early in the third period and silenced a sellout crowd.
Patrick Marleau scored once and assisted on San Jose's other two second-period goals and the Sharks won for the seventh time in nine games, beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Monday night.
Forward David Perron has rejoined the St. Louis Blues more than 10 months after he was knocked out of hockey by a concussion.
The San Jose Sharks once again signed a key player before he could test the free agent market, agreeing Thursday to a $9 million, three-year deal with forward Devin Setoguchi.
With the core of a team that has made consecutive trips to the conference finals in place, the San Jose Sharks head into this offseason looking for tweaks more than an overhaul.
Kevin Bieksa scored 10:18 into the second overtime and the VancouverCanucks advanced to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 17 years with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton is expected to play a potential elimination game in Game 5 of the Western Conference final despite leaving the previous game with an injury.
Patrick Marleau got San Jose off to a fast start, Antti Niemi preserved the lead with spectacular short-handed play in the second period, and the Sharks hung on for the win they desperately needed after losing the first two games in Vancouver.
The San Jose Sharks lost more than the first two games in the Western Conference final during a lost trip to Vancouver. They also lost their composure.
Daniel Sedin scored his second power-play goal of the game, and Chris Higgins and Mason Raymond added man-advantage goals in the third period for the Vancouver Canucks, who routed the San Jose Sharks 7-3 on Wednesday night and took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
"Jonathan Quick is just a fantastic goalie," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said.
"We thought we could come in here and steal a game," Thornton said. "We were just having so much fun. It's disappointing that it has to end, because we were really enjoying this. It's a tough way to finish."