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Joe Thornton wants to take warmup for Sharks

Injured forward remains game-time decision for Game 3 against Oilers

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE -- Injured San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton wants to take the warmup prior to Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday (10 p.m.; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, NBCS CA) but will check with coach Pete DeBoer first.

"After yesterday with the day off, I wanted to do something light and just kind of feel a little bit fresher today," Thornton said. "So hopefully it responds good and I'll be able to play tonight."

Thornton, who missed the final three games of the regular season and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of a knee injury, skated for 10 minutes at the Solar4America practice rink on Sunday. The 37-year-old left the ice before most of his teammates came out for their skate.

That's his normal routine on game days.

Previously in the series, Thornton has spent longer times on the ice during the morning skate. Prior to Game 2 in Edmonton, for instance, Thornton skated for 50 minutes in the morning then did not play.

DeBoer said Thornton will be a game-time decision for Game 3.

"If he's taking warmup, that's another step and we'll see how he feels when he gets out there," DeBoer said.

Thornton said Sunday what he's said every day in this series so far, that he's feeling better.

"I had a nice day off yesterday with the travel day and it was nice to kind of let it relax for a day," he said. "It feels better today.

"I wanted to play in Game 1. I wanted to play in Game 81 [of the regular season]. As a player, you want to play every game."

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