Sharks' Joe Thornton Played With Torn ACL, MCL In NHL Playoffs

He contributed plenty in other ways and got lots of help to send the Oilers into the second round against Anaheim.

In the end, despite the exciting ending, though, the veteran-laden Sharks looked like they got old against the speed, puck possession and energy of Todd McLellans team of playoff first-timers. But we're a good team too. Given the fact, Edmonton played former Stanley Cup contenders their road was perceived to be a bit tougher. Obviously he's a big part of their success and big part of their team. The Sharks couldn't channel their magic from last season's Stanley Cup Finals appearance. It was his fourth point in the six games. Thanks to two breakaway goals in under a minute, Edmonton got out to a lead they never lost.

That's likely because the series, which ended Saturday with the Oilers' 3-1 win in Game 6 that knocked the Sharks out of the postseason, really only came down to a handful of plays.

Before the NHL Trade Deadline, the Sharks were in the market for a forward to serve on the top line.

Thornton had surgery Monday to fix the injury. An early injury prevented Hansen from finding that chemistry alongside Thornton and Pavelski resulting in DeBoer juggling forwards once again.

It was the first time a first round didn't feature a Game 7 in any series since 2001.

The Sharks now have roughly $55 million committed to next year's salary cap, which isn't expected to increase much more than the $73 million it was this season, if it jumps at all. "It wasn't any different in the regular season". We have young legs over here. Similarly, Gibson was pulled from Game 3 in Calgary but otherwise was very solid in the series sweep. Edmonton was all over San Jose in the offensive zone. Thornton played it off in the media and guaranteed he'd be ready for the playoffs.

"My gut feeling is we ran out of gas in the last month", coach Peter DeBoer said. Heck, if Thornton and Marleau regress even more, they could wind up right in the eighth-ninth seed treadmill - the absolute worst spot to rebuild from.

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"The two that sting are the 1-0 game here in Game 3".

The Blues will face Nashville in the second round.

While nobody will question Thorton's toughness, what Couture did was courageous with his teeth wired shut. His response to an injury-abbreviated, otherwise-would-have-been Calder Trophy rookie season was claiming another piece of hardware - the Art Ross Trophy, in this case - as the league's leading scorer and only one to reach 100 points.

Scott Burnside: For me, it's the resiliency and maturity this team revealed, especially after getting shelled 7-0 in Game 4. Credit Marc-Edouard Vlasic for defending Connor McDavid as the Edmonton's star player had little impact in the series.

Remember the Sharks will lose one player to Las Vegas, but for now let's ignore that instead of guessing.

Martin Jones arguably kept San Jose in the series with his spectacular goaltending. And they'll have the edge in goal, with Cam Talbot seen as slightly more consistent than John Gibson.

The Ducks will have at least a week off between series.

Congrats to Edmonton on a hard-fought opening-round win against San Jose. The alternative is a bitter pill, but might be more of a "sure thing" (not that they exist).

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