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SJHN Daily: Thornton’s Last NHL Game? Kane Drops Another Hat Trick



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San Jose Sharks fans are running out of former Sharks to cheer for in these playoffs.

Joe Thornton might have played his last NHL game as the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Florida Panthers were just swept in the second round by back-to-back defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Sharks legend made one appearance in the playoffs, a 6:18 cameo in Florida’s 2-0 Game Four loss tonight to Tampa Bay.

If this is indeed the ringless Thornton’s last chance to chase a Stanley Cup, he’ll retire with 1,539 points spanning a 24-year career. The future Hall of Famer scored 1,055 of those points with San Jose.

Thornton joins fellow Sharks fan favorite Joe Pavelski and his Dallas Stars on the outside looking in this post-season. Jake Middleton of the Minnesota Wild is among other ex-Sharks who have been eliminated.

But as Thornton departs to an uncertain future, less-than-fan favorite Evander Kane carries on with the Edmonton Oilers.

Kane has excelled since the San Jose Sharks terminated his contract in January, scoring 22 goals in 43 regular season contests with the Oilers. He’s added a league-leading 10 post-season goals on top of that.

The winger dropped his second hat trick of the playoffs last night, firing a natural hat trick in a 4-1 Edmonton victory over Calgary. The Oilers are currently up 2-1 in a heated series with the Flames.

Head coach Darryl Sutter, who helmed San Jose from 1997 to 2002, is the most noteworthy ex-Shark with Calgary.

Besides Kane, popular Sharks alumni Justin Braun and Barclay Goodrow are still alive in the playoffs with the New York Rangers. The Rangers are down 2-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes in their series.

Goodrow, however, has been out since Game One of the first round, with what’s believed to be a broken left ankle. Meanwhile, Braun has provided steady depth minutes for New York.

Andrew Cogliano of the powerhouse Colorado Avalanche is among the few other Sharks still in the playoffs.

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The Hamilton Bulldogs are up 2-0 on North Bay Battalion in the OHL Eastern Conference Final – San Jose Sharks prospects Brandon Coe and Mitchell Russell are with the Battalion. (North Bay News)

Around the NHL…

Rick Bowness has stepped down as Dallas Stars head coach. (WFAA)

Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant caught chirping Carolina’s Tony DeAngelo, fumes over late Max Domi cross-check. (NY Post)

Mark Giordano signs a bargain-basement deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. (HockeyBuzz)

It’s official:

Andrew Brunette disputes report that multiple Florida Panthers players were at the strip club the night before Game Four.

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Andy Slater, however, checked his sources:

Colorado Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri getting racist attacks and death threats because of Jordan Binnington injury.

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Brad Marchand calls out Boston Bruins blogger for “tough take.”

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Calgary Flames’ Milan Lucic escapes discipline for charging Mike Smith.

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Would Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson sign off on another NHL team in Quebec?

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How much cap space do the Pittsburgh Penguins have for Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang?

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Like Sharks fans were watching Thornton, Philadelphia Flyers fans were rooting hard for Jumbo’s Florida teammate Claude Giroux.

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What should the New York Islanders expect from top prospect Aatu Räty in 2022-23?

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Andre Burakovsky was a surprise scratch for the Avs, can he bounce back like he did for the Washington Capitals in 2018?

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Who’s in, who’s out behind Vancouver Canucks bench?

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