In 80 career playoff games Joe Thornton has 12 goals and 43 assists and is a -15. Not exactly what you want from your first line center if your trying to drink from Stanley's Cup. He disappears like your tv remote and your small flashlight, the Harry Houdini of the NHL playoffs. The beat goes on and it continues. In 4 playoff games this year he has zero goals, 2 assists and is a -3.
Tuesday night in Colorado it was a different Joe who got the San Jose Sharks back in the playoffs. Joe Pavelski, who like Joe Thornton played in the past Olympics, buried a lethal shot past Craig Anderson in overtime to even the series at 2. Craig Anderson who has been nothing short of spectacular in the series didn't know what hit him.
So who is Joe Pavelski? the player Brian Burke once called the human Swiss army knife of hockey when selecting him to the Olympic team. Pavelski, a 7th round pick in the great draft of 2003 from Wisconsin, plays an all around game that has finally been noticed. He could probably beat Mark Messier on a faceoff, would dive in front of an Al MacInnis lazer, and even scores big goals. You know, a playoff type player. Not what Joe Thornton has shown, and what he needs to show if the San Jose Sharks want to rid their reputation as a playoff choke.