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08:30 AM ET 03.06 | Joe Thornton was surrounded Monday by reminders of the task at hand. To Thornton's immediate left was the locker of Daniel Winnik, with the team for just a week. To Thornton's immediate right was the locker of Dominic Moore, with the team less than three weeks. At various spots around the room were the spaces of eight other players, none of whom was with the team during the previous four seasons that produced four division titles. They are mixed with the spaces of the players who have been here but are underperforming. Thornton is the captain. This is his crew. And over the next month, he faces his greatest challenge. ... With all the trades and injuries, Thornton has been sent over the boards with a variety of linemates. But no excuses.

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March 6, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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I sense a blowup coming this summer..

Yes, of epic proportions. I have always liked Joe, but he never could elevate his game in the playoffs. Teams have a way of shutting him down.

March 6, 2012  08:50 AM ET

Yet another stupid subject/topic.

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March 6, 2012  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Yet another stupid subject/topic.

Really...no excuses.

March 6, 2012  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I have always liked Joe, but he never could elevate his game in the playoffs. Teams have a way of shutting him down.

No testicular fortitude when it matters. If only he had someone like Brad Marchand living inside that huge frame of his!

March 6, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Washington/ San Jose in a Cup Playoff would be like Minnesota/Buffalo in a Superbowl

March 6, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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Yet another stupid subject/topic.

When they could be talking about the Pens beating the Yotes last night. You're welcome Otis.

March 6, 2012  09:18 AM ET

He faces his greatest challenge yet -- Part 123. Next week - 124.

March 6, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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When they could be talking about the Pens beating the Yotes last night. You're welcome Otis.

Now, how exciting a discussion would that be, Burgh? Although, Smith trying to bury Matthew's face into the ice was interesting, wasn't it? :)

March 6, 2012  09:19 AM ET

SJ wont make it very far; if they get into the dance

March 6, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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Now, how exciting a discussion would that be, Burgh? Although, Smith trying to bury Matthew's face into the ice was interesting, wasn't it? :)

Absolutely. Matthew has had his resolve tested by the thugs around the league. I'm impressed that he hasn't done something stupid in retaliation. Although methinks the penalty for said retaliation might be along the lines of forfeiting his NHL career and his firstborn. Whatever. Cooke for Lady Bing.

March 6, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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Absolutely. Matthew has had his resolve tested by the thugs around the league. I'm impressed that he hasn't done something stupid in retaliation. Although methinks the penalty for said retaliation might be along the lines of forfeiting his NHL career and his firstborn. Whatever. Cooke for Lady Bing.

I have to say, in the little bits that I have seen him, Mr. Cooke seems to have indeed stayed true to his word and changed his ways. If somewhat prematurely, I doff my cap to him. I thought he would fall off the wagon like Lindsay Lohan

March 6, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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I thought he would fall off the wagon like Lindsay Lohan

You and I both.

Still waiting for that shoe to drop.

Canuck, if you can find it, can post the video of Cookie kissing the ice? I swear Smith was trying to kill him ("In the face. In the face!"). LOL!

March 6, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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You and I both. Still waiting for that shoe to drop.

Canuck, if you can find it, can post the video of Cookie kissing the ice?

I swear Smith was trying to kill him ("In the face. In the face!"). LOL!

I looked through the sports and couldn't find it.

Maybe I should check the public service notices? :-)

March 6, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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I looked through the sports and couldn't find it.Maybe I should check the public service notices? :-)

Maybe.

It was the funniest thing I have seen in awhile re: hockey.

I hate to laugh at anything at the expense of the Pens, but it is Matt Cooke. It gets slewfooted into the goalie (Smith) by another Coyote, and then Smith starts smashing his face into the ice, and then there is a free-for-all. Then Cooke gets up and does his "WTF" look? I was laughing for awhile. Hysterical.

March 6, 2012  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I looked through the sports and couldn't find it.Maybe I should check the public service notices? :-)

Can you treat us to a Semin slap-fest instead? :-)

March 6, 2012  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Can you treat us to a Semin slap-fest instead? :-)

Always a favourite...

March 6, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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I looked through the sports and couldn't find it.Maybe I should check the public service notices? :-)

Really because they made big posters and have it all over the sports bars down here. Just kidding, there goes the YoYo Yotes.

 
March 6, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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Maybe. It was the funniest thing I have seen in awhile re: hockey. I hate to laugh at anything at the expense of the Pens, but it is Matt Cooke. It gets slewfooted into the goalie (Smith) by another Coyote, and then Smith starts smashing his face into the ice, and then there is a free-for-all. Then Cooke gets up and does his "WTF" look? I was laughing for awhile. Hysterical.

Considering Smith used to play with T.B could be some old feelings from past games.

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