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07:21 AM ET 05.22 | By the time the Kings outshot the Sharks, 14-2, in the third period Tuesday night, it was too late -- and the series now stands tied, 20. San Jose was sparked by a revitalized Joe Thornton, who came out with focus and sheer will, playing roles on both of the Sharks' goals, assisting on the goal by linemate Brent Burns at 6:09 of the first period, making it 1-0. An opportunistic Burns took advantage of a turnover by Kings defenseman Slava Voynov in the corner. Longtime Thornton watchers thought it might have been his best playoff game in years. He won six of seven faceoffs in the first period and 12 of 18 overall. The Kings had little answer for him ... or for [Brent Burns], or Logan Couture, who made it 2-0 with his power-play goal at 3:55 of the second period.

Los Angeles Times

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May 22, 2013  07:38 AM ET

"The Kings had little answer for him "

Or little answer for the quick-whistled ref

May 22, 2013  08:16 AM ET

The best Jumbo Joe in years


come playoff time almost anything would be an improvement from his former years

May 22, 2013  08:36 AM ET

I didn't see the entire game last night but I was certainly impressed with the level of intensity he showed against the Kings in the 1st period.

May 22, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The best Jumbo Joe in yearscome playoff time almost anything would be an improvement from his former years

indeed. But if he new and improved, good for him....

May 22, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The best Jumbo Joe in yearscome playoff time almost anything would be an improvement from his former years

Since he went to the Sharks he's been nearly a point per game producer in the playoffs. While he failed in Boston, the Sharks lack of success is hardly his fault. He's been quite dominating the last few years in the playoffs.

Tyler Seguin is now playing the role of Thornton in the playoffs for the Bruins.

May 22, 2013  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

indeed. But if he new and improved, good for him....

Jumbo Joe is playing like Ranger fans were hoping Rick Nash would play.

May 22, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"The Kings had little answer for him "

Or little answer for the quick-whistled ref

That whistle was quicker than Penner on a pancake.

May 22, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Jumbo Joe....sounds like a sandwich around here, actually.

May 22, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Since he went to the Sharks he's been nearly a point per game producer in the playoffs. While he failed in Boston, the Sharks lack of success is hardly his fault. He's been quite dominating the last few years in the playoffs. Tyler Seguin is now playing the role of Thornton in the playoffs for the Bruins.

**Thank you Seguin**

May 22, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

That whistle was quicker than Penner on a pancake.

*rimshot*

May 22, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

**Thank you Seguin**

Really....

Taylor vs Tyler from draft year is turning into Wonder Bread vs vanilla.

May 22, 2013  10:11 AM ET

" By the time the Kings outshot the Sharks, 14-2, in the third period Tuesday night, it was too late -- and the series now stands tied, 20. "


Ummm....What?

May 22, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

" By the time the Kings outshot the Sharks, 14-2, in the third period Tuesday night, it was too late -- and the series now stands tied, 20. "Ummm....What?

Its code for "I'm from LA and know SFA about hockey".

May 22, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Really....Taylor vs Tyler from draft year is turning into Wonder Bread vs vanilla.

Seguin has shown nothing in these playoffs.

May 22, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Seguin has shown nothing in these playoffs.

He is due

May 22, 2013  10:25 AM ET

As I watched last night I had to give Joe his due.

He was playing well. Very well.

May 22, 2013  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

He is due

thank you no....
Enough guys on that team are kicking tuchas, the NYR don't need to deal with one more....

May 22, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I didn't see the entire game last night but I was certainly impressed with the level of intensity he showed against the Kings in the 1st period.

That first goal was all him.....

May 22, 2013  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

thank you no....Enough guys on that team are kicking tuchas, the NYR don't need to deal with one more....

Endure the present, and watch for better things.
Virgil

 
May 22, 2013  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Endure the present, and watch for better things.Virgil

"here's wishing you (us) the bluest skies, and hoping something better comes tomorrow" Ray Davies

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