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A new line for the Sharks? No problem

November 7, 2018, 4:48 PM ET [5 Comments]
Steve Palumbo
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There's not much Joe Thornton hasn't accomplished in his Hall of Fame career, including making those around him better. On Tuesday night it was Marcus Sorensen and Barclay Goodrow that benefited from nearly 1500 games of NHL greatness.

San Jose Sharks' head coach Pete Deboer kept to his word. His lineup is not set in stone and will continue to be more fluid than the Pacific Ocean itself. Deboer dropped Thornton down to the third line between Goodrow and Sorensen and all kinds of good stuff happened.

The newly formed line each scored a goal in the Sharks 4-3 victory against the Minnesota Wild - snapping a six-game losing streak against them.

With Tomas Hertl out of the line-up, the third line picked up the slack with big, no...huge, no...tremendous nights from both Goodrow and Sorensen. They were the best nights in NHL history. Trust me.

Sorensen put together the first three-point game of his career. He scored in the first period and assisted on goals by Jumbo Joe and rookie Antti Suomela. It was just the second goal of Suomela's career. Goodrow (1g 1a) and Sorenson (1g 2a) each had multi-point nights and finished plus-4.

Thornton, 39, has goals in back-to-back games and 399th overall. The next goal he scores will be the 400th of his career and his next game will be the 1500th of his amazing career. It would be pretty cool if he can reach both milestones on the same day. For some perspective on Jumbo's awesomeness - Sorensen and Goodrow have combined for 21 career goals... total.

If this line stays together it will be just what the doctor ordered for the offensively top-heavy Sharks. A little more balance to the scoring could finally push San Jose over the top.

Martin Jones made 23 saves and improved his overall record to 7-3-1 with a 2.72 and .899 save percentage.

The Sharks are 6-2-2 in its last 10 games and 8-4-3 with 19 points overall. They are tied with Calgary for first place in the Pacific Division.

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