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Sharks still waiting for top line to break through

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley have 103 regular season goals, three gold medals and plenty of other accolades accumulated already this season.

The one thing the high-scoring trio is missing so far is a playoff goal. The Sharks' top line has played nothing like that in the first four games of their first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche.

The main reason the top-seeded Sharks are even tied at two games apiece with Colorado heading into Thursday night's Game 5 in San Jose is the play of the second line. Joe Pavelski scored the overtime game-winner in Game 4 for the Sharks, following Devin Setoguchi's overtime winner in Game 2 last week. Ryane Clowe also has a goal and four assists.

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