Sharks’ Thornton played with separated shoulder


San Jose Sharks captain, Joe Thornton, showed just how much he wants to win when on Tuesday during Game 4  he sucked up the severe pain and played at full tilt with a separated shoulder. After being eliminated in the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday by the Vancouver Canucks Thornton wasn’t about to use the shoulder as an excuse. “It was sore, but no excuses,” Thornton, whose team lost 3-2 in double overtime said. “Tough series. We lost and they go on. To get here is an accomplishment, but next year we’ve got to beat it.” Thornton, who is the Sharks’  best player, was hurt in a Sunday loss, when Canucks energy forward, Raffi Torres, hit an unsuspecting Thornton… shoulder to shoulder… with a clean hit. ” Our training staff and doctors did a tremendous job in preparing him to play,” said Sharks’ coach. Todd McLellan. ” Like I had mentioned to you before, when he comes and tells you he’s playing … he’s playing.” Also battling a shoulder injury throughout this year’s post season was another veteran forward, Ryane Clowe.


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