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Sharks defeat Los Angeles Kings

A pre-game power outage at SAP Center left the San Jose faithful sitting in the dark as they waited for Thursday's Game 1 to start.

NHL: San Jose 3, Anaheim 2

Joe Thornton was involved in all three San Jose goals, scoring once and assisting on the other two as the Sharks rallied to beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.

NHL: Florida 3, San Jose 2

Roberto Luongo made 53 saves as the Florida Panthers took a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

NHL: San Jose 2, Chicago 1 (SO)

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Joe Pavelski scored in regulation and added another goal during a shootout Saturday, sending the San Jose Sharks past struggling Chicago 2-1.

NHL: San Jose 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton scored off a turnover 3:30 into overtime Saturday, elevating the streaking San Jose Sharks over Minnesota 3-2.

NHL: San Jose 3, Florida 0

SUNRISE, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Alex Stalock stopped 24 shots for the first shutout of his career Thursday, carrying San Jose to a 3-0 win over Florida.

NHL: San Jose 5, Colorado 4 (SO)

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Joe Pavelski tied the game on a goal with 19.6 seconds left Monday and San Jose went on to post a wild 5-4 win over Colorado in a shootout.

NHL: San Jose 3, Dallas 2 (SO)

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton beat Kari Lehtonen in the fifth round of a shootout Saturday and the San Jose Sharks rallied from a two-goal deficit to overcome Dallas 3-2.

NHL: San Jose 4, Toronto 2

TORONTO, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Brad Stuart got a go-ahead goal in the second period Saturday and the streaking San Jose Sharks went on to notch a sixth straight win, 4-2 over Toronto.

NHL: San Jose 6, St. Louis 3

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Brent Burns scored two of San Jose's four first-period goals Friday, and finished with a hat trick, in leading the Sharks over St. Louis 6-3.

NHL: San Jose 3, Los Angeles 2 (SO)

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton scored in the eighth round of the shootout Wednesday to finally give San Jose a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles.

NHL: San Jose 3, Calgary 2 (OT)

CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Brad Stuart deflected in a slap shot from Joe Thornton early in overtime Tuesday to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames.

NHL: Vancouver 4, San Jose 2

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Chris Higgins ended a wild first period with what turned out to be the winning goal Thursday and Vancouver went on to defeat San Jose 4-2.

NHL: San Jose 6, St. Louis 2

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton supplied a goal and three assists Tuesday and the San Jose Sharks cruised to a sixth straight win in a brawl-filled 6-2 rout of St. Louis.

NHL: San Jose 3, Ottawa 2

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Brent Burns put San Jose ahead with a power-play goal early in the third period Saturday, sending the unbeaten Sharks over Ottawa 3-2.
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BOS99011604 - 16 JANUARY, 1999 - BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA: The Boston Bruins Joe Thornton, front, chases after the puck in front of the Tampa Bay Lightnings Wendel Clark on 16 January at The Fleet Center in Boston. lkm/rw/Lee K. Marriner UPI
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Joseph Eric Thornton (born July 2, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and captain of the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected first overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play seven seasons with the club. During the 2005–06 season, he was traded to the Sharks. Splitting the campaign between the two teams, he received the Art Ross and Hart Memorial Trophies as the league's leading point-scorer and most valuable player, respectively. Thornton's on-ice vision, strength on the puck, deft passing ability, and power forward style of play have led to him becoming one of the league's premier top line centres. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, he has received the nickname Jumbo Joe.

Thornton grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of St. Thomas, Ontario, for the St. Thomas Travelers. He played "AA" hockey for the Travelers until joining a peewee team that won an Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) championship in 1992–93. Moving on to the bantam level, Thornton joined the "AAA" Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs of the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario for the 1993–94 season. During his bantam year, he also appeared in six games for the Junior B St. Thomas Stars of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). The following season, he joined the Stars full-time and reeled off 104 points over 50 games.

Beginning in 1995–96, Thornton began a two-year career in the major junior Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He posted a 76-point season in his first year, earning both OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year honours. The following season, Thornton improved to 41 goals and 122 points, second overall in league scoring behind Marc Savard of the Oshawa Generals, and was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team.

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