“That’s a big game for us,” said Scott Thornton. “It was the last game before the road trip and everyone did a great job.”
“Every game right now is an important game and I’m glad we took care of home ice,” said Evgeni Nabokov. “The key on the road is being disciplined. When we do that, we’re a pretty good team.”
Topping a division rival from California is always a plus in the standings.
“We let a couple of division games go, but this was a four-point game and it was good to get it before the road trip,” said Niko Dimitrakos.
TWO FOR SCOTT
Scott Thornton extended his point steak to three games (3-1=4) with his two goals. It is his first multi-goal game of the season.
“It was great to see Scott get a couple because he’s deserved it,” said Wilson.
Scott Thornton was the night’s first star as he scored the game-winner late in the second. It was his first tally that put life into a Sharks team that was trailing 2-0.
Alyn McCauley and Marcel Goc were buzzing the net prior to Scott Thornton coming in and picking up the loose change.
“Marcel started the play early and kept the play alive down low,” said Scott Thornton. “It was just a goal-mouth scramble and I just tried to flick it up when I got there. Marcel and Alyn took it to the net and when I got there, I had time.”
The second goal came on a designed faceoff play that Scott Thornton lasered to the top corner of the net.
“Josh and Niko made a nice play,” said Scott Thornton. “It’s a play we practice, but they don’t always work. Tonight it did. I just closed my eyes and shot. It was nice to have Niko back in the lineup. He has great vision and energy.”
“During the timeout, we said let’s try the flip-flop play,” said Dimitrakos. “We gave Gorgy the instructions, he gave it to me and Thornton was wide open. It worked out perfect.”
Gorges did not have much time to digest the play, but he operated it to perfection.
“They explained the flip-flop to me,” said Gorges. “They told me five seconds before and it worked. I just made a five foot pass.”
It was simply good to see Gorges on the ice after he was helped off by the training staff earlier in the contest.
“He showed a lot of spunk after the hit,” said Scott Thornton. “He is a tough kid and it was great to see him back.”
“I went in a little awkward, but it looked worse than it was,” said Gorges. “It was nothing serious.”
The flip-flop gave Gorges his first career NHL assist.
“It was good to get him off the schneid,” said Dimitrakos. “He’s been playing well.”
San Jose overcame the few shortcomings they had in their game with a strong plan everywhere else, but they did allow another five-on-three goal.
“We had more penalties than we wanted, but we still found a way,” said Scott Thornton. “We tried not to get sucked into yelling and screaming at the refs.”
When it mattered, the PK units did what was necessary.
“The penalty killers did a great job down the stretch,” said Scott Thornton.
After Vesa Toskala won the last two starts, Wilson put Nabokov back in the pipes.
“I felt pretty good,” said Nabokov. “The guys did a good job of controlling the rebounds. We stuck with our game plan. Being down 2-0 right at the start did not help, but you try to do what you can do.”
Nabokov’s coach liked what he saw.
“There was not much he could have done on the first two,” said Wilson.
NEED TICKETS Joe Thornton
is not the only player returning to Boston. Dimitrakos and Jim Fahey hail from the area and will likely get hit up for a few tickets.
“A lot of people got their tickets this summer when the schedule came out, but I’ll still need at least 20,” said Dimitrakos. “I’ve already received calls from people I went to college with.”
For Joe Thornton
, his return will have a range of emotions.
“I’m going to see a lot of people,” said Joe Thornton
. “It will be a special night. Once the puck drops, it will be just another game, but there will be a build up. I had eight great years there. As long as we get the two points, I’ll be happy.”
The Sharks big center says Bruins fans are among the best.
“They were always great to me,” said Joe Thornton
. “They saw me when I was an 18-year-old kid. I grew up there.”
STREAKS STILL GOING
Jonathan Cheechoo is on a five-game point streak (7-3=10) with his assist on Patrick Marleau
’s second period power play goal. Joe Thornton
extended his point streak to five games (3-7=10) with an assist on Marleau’s power play goal. Thornton also has a five-game assist (7) streak.
Tonight’s Sharks win vs. L.A. was the 400th in history of the Sharks franchise.