Originally posted by TheRatMan13:
Further proof that he was the best penalty killer for the Kings. The whole series, he made errant pass after errant pass. On power plays, our guys take Joe's lead and instead of just throwing the puck at the net like a lot of other teams do, our guys pass over and over until they turn it over. There was a power play yesterday where the sharks only had two shots on goal. That is embarrassing, and unfortunately, Joe was a big part of that.
I like Thornton, and it would be sad to see him go. With that said, I liked Shaun Hill, but I also knew that he was not a championship QB.
Thornton's passes came down like a punt.
Srsly tho, I put a lot of blame on Thornton for the PP failures. He's a marvelous player, but we've seen the lack of aggressive temperament from him for a long time, and it seeps to the rest of the team.
Your best, skilled players also have to be the tone-setters. All series long we saw Kopitar, Williams, Stoll, Brown, Doughty MAN UP and take charge of their team. Our best players, the guys we put our trust in to lead this team, wilted in the face of that challenge. Desjardins won't do it. Torres won't do it. Brown won't do it. Thornton, Marleau, Pavelski, Couture, these guys have to step up.
[ Edited by SofaKing on May 1, 2014 at 2:35 PM ]