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Did Thornton call out team's D?

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08:38 AM ET 12.30 | San Jose allowed a team to pull yet another win from its grasp Wednesday night. "Just soft plays more than anything, soft plays," said Ryane Clowe, after San Jose failed to protect a 40-minute lead for the fourth time this season. "Unacceptable," captain Joe Thornton said. "We have to be harder in front of our net." And then Thornton set up a parallel universe to deliver a verbal slap to the team he leads: "Ryane Clowe would love to play in front of our net right now. It's a piece of cake." Ouch.

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December 30, 2010  08:48 AM ET

And then Thornton set up a parallel universe to deliver a verbal slap to the team he leads: "Ryane Clowe would love to play in front of our net right now. It's a piece of cake." Ouch.

What? I guess I would not think of using a metaphor like that, in the media...

December 30, 2010  08:48 AM ET

"Ryane Clowe would love to play in front of our net right now. It's a piece of cake."

Not sure it means anything coming from Thornton but it is a good line...

December 30, 2010  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Not sure it means anything coming from Thornton.

Ouch.

December 30, 2010  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Not sure it means anything coming from Thornton but it is a good line...

Thornton calling anybody out is a miracle in itself!

December 30, 2010  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Thornton calling anybody out is a miracle in itself!

"We have to be harder in front of our net."

Maybe they could borrow some of those little blue pills from ya Roamer.

December 30, 2010  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

"We have to be harder in front of our net."Maybe they could borrow some of those little blue pills from ya Roamer.

Those only help with scoring!

December 30, 2010  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

"We have to be harder in front of our net."Maybe they could borrow some of those little blue pills from ya Roamer.

Get your mind out of the gutter, Canuck!

December 30, 2010  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Get your mind out of the gutter, Canuck!

Cut him a little slack. He's still mourning the death of his buddy.

December 30, 2010  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Get your mind out of the gutter, Canuck!

Sorry Roamer, it's been there so long now, it's like home. :-)

December 30, 2010  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Cut him a little slack. He's still mourning the death of his buddy.

Thanks Slappy. And from your new avatar I'm getting a hint as to what's "wrong" with Ovie.

December 30, 2010  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

"We have to be harder in front of our net."Maybe they could borrow some of those little blue pills from ya Roamer.

hahaha nice -


nice avatar btw

December 30, 2010  10:32 AM ET

And I almost forgot...

GO COLUMBUS GO

December 30, 2010  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

hahaha nice - nice avatar btw

I knew you'd like it BBBJ. Today they're my second favourite team.

December 30, 2010  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Thanks Slappy. And from your new avatar I'm getting a hint as to what's "wrong" with Ovie.

You're welcome. And Ovie's scoring is up. Just not goals.

December 30, 2010  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Those only help with scoring!

Bingo!!

December 30, 2010  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

And Ovie's scoring is up. Just not goals.

It's that missing tooth.

December 30, 2010  11:38 AM ET

Funny, look at the more successful teams & you see their Defense & Forwards both playing hard in front of their own net.
Maybe Joe should look in a mirror.

December 30, 2010  11:42 AM ET

Sharks usually wait until April to be mediocre.

December 30, 2010  11:55 AM ET

He is absolutely right. On one of the goals Koivu of the Wild was allowed to stand in front of the goal and whack away at the puck 4 times and nobody put him on his arse. Who was the closest Shark? Danny Heatley and the Defense was nowhere to be seen.

 
December 30, 2010  12:47 PM ET
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Hi,Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, ...

Hi. Now go eat dirt and die, you parasite.

And Joe, the way you disappear in big games does not give you the right to call out anyone. Act like a leader in late April instead of doing so in late December, then we might listen to what you have to say.

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