JOE THORNTON WALKS TO THE RINK - GAME 1 PHOTO JON SWENSONSJ AVERAGING 10.25 MORE HITS VS COLORADO THAN REG SEASON, AVS +8.25REG SEASON FACEOFF PERCENTAGE VS COLORADO - 56.25%, PLAYOFF FACEOFF - 51%- In 4 previous playoff home openers, the San Jose Sharks have had a small cadre of VIP's, team officials and kids welcome them on their brief walk to the Sharks head. Usually smiling, Thornton often high fived children on his way out, offering words of encouragement to help fire up the team before taking home ice for the first time.In 2010, the Sharks passed by a lone blue coat security guard and an aggressive fog machine en route to the rink. It was a small change, but it signaled a move towards a more business-like, more playoff hardened approach. There are no frills to this playoff squad...

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