The Sharks will battle hard in Game 2, no question. In fact, it turns out that their captain nearly came to blows with the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their series, three days ago.
Happened at the opening faceoff. Joe Thornton waited for the puck to drop against Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks. The two jostled each other's shoulders. Then bumped helmets. Finally, the referee tossed both men from the faceoff circle and demanded replacements.
And somewhere in the middle of all that, Thornton challenged Kesler to fight, without success.
"Yeah," confirmed Thornton on Tuesday with a grin, then explained his logic: "Let's start the series off with a bang. That's about it. "... Why not?"
Why not? Let's see. Thornton is the Sharks' best player. He hasn't fought in two years, according to hockeyfights.com. If he does fight, he could suffer a hand injury and be done for the series. At best, he would go into the penalty box for five minutes, taking the Sharks' primary offensive force off the ice for two or three of his regular shifts.
Joe Thornton's physical challenge to Kesler was a mind game
San Jose Mercury News | May 18