SAN JOSE – There was a plethora of storylines that emerged from the Sharks' crazy 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. Almost all of them were ousted by Joe Thornton, who scored his 400th career goal.
With the score 4: 4 in the faltering minutes of regulation, the stormy striker received a great cross-ice puck passing through Nashville goalie Juuse Saros before sending linemate Marcus Sorensen into the net.
The energy at the tank after the gate was electric. When his teammates swarmed around him, Thornton was filled with emotion as he placed the Sharks in the top 5-4 with his 400th marker.
"I was on the ice, it was fantastic," said Joe Pavelski after the game with a smile. "It's hard to put into perspective what he has achieved at a certain point in time."
The only thing that made the goal even more impressive was the fact that it put him on an exclusive list of seven players in NHL history who scored 400 goals, collected 1
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"I'm just trying, my Game, "he said, a reminder to those who are still battling off those knee problems that prove themselves as a rival at the start of the season.
Wait until he does not know which highly respected company he has come to his 400th goal.
"I do not know," he admitted. "I did not check it, to be honest."
His teammates have paid more attention to me.
"It's like any other night, there's a kind of stat thrown out there," Pavelski said, following his teammates' successes. "It's fun to see, they really are."
Defender Erik Karlsson has been Thornton's teammate for just over a month. But since he already had experience against number 19, he offered a perspective as it looked for the defense of the Predators when Thornton crashed into the ice.
"He's one of those guys you always have to watch out for," Karlsson explained. "You always have to know where he is, because he's such a good hockey player, and when he gets the opportunity, you know he'll let you pay."
Of course, the finish had not been possible without Sorensen's handsome line-up, with which Thornton has had much success lately.
"Marcus has done a great game," commented Thornton. "I like to play with him. It seems we have some chemistry together now.
When asked how it had contributed to the milestone goal, Sorensen left his answer open.
"It was pretty cool," he said, "I'm happy for him."