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Sharks' Thornton calls Rangers soft after loss

Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:14 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 9:46 am
 

By Brian Stubits

The Rangers might have turned in their most impressive effort of the season on Halloween night, snapping the San Jose Sharks' five-game win streak. They actually had the power play clicking and outshot the Sharks 31-26.

But the win wasn't enough to impress Joe Thornton of the Sharks. After the game, he shared his thoughts on the Blueshirts. His brutally honest thoughts.

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The road trip they just wrapped up included stops in New Jersey, Boston, Nashville, Detroit and Long Island in addition to Manhattan.

Then later there was Rangers coach John Tortorella's response, from Katie Strang at ESPN New York.

When told about Thornton's jab, Tortorella responded:

"Wonderful."

Simple enough retort from Torts.

Unfortunately, the Sharks and Rangers won't meet again this season -- unless it's in the Stanley Cup Final of course. That could make for a really fun rematch with Thornton's words being posted in the Rangers locker room.

Ironically, the game on Monday featured a fight between Brandon Prust and Ryane Clowe just seven seconds into the game.

But this might be -- even if John Tortorella won't say as much -- be a reason why the Rangers are recalling Sean Avery from the AHL. If nothing else, he'll bring a spark and an edge to the Rangers. But something tells me it wasn't said to be constructive criticism from Thornton.

Whatever the intent was, I'll bet the message was received from the Rangers and their fans. Now if only the Sharks could return to MSG this season, we could have another "Can you hear us?" moment.

Video courtesy of The Score

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Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:26 am
 

Sharks' Thornton calls Rangers soft after loss

It was just Joe's way of saying the Rangers suck.


little ceasars
Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:07 pm
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Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Sharks' Thornton calls Rangers soft after loss

Every player on the Ottowa Senators would absolutely agree with Thornton. When the Sens came back to be down 4-3 in that game, the Rangers quit. The sat back in their zone and waited around for the Sens to tie the game. It was a pitiful display. Beating a very tire team at the end of their 6 game road trip proves nothing, especially since the Sharks have the leagues worst penalty kill.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Sharks' Thornton calls Rangers soft after loss

This is laughable coming from Jumbo "Soft as a Grape" Joe .. that guy that stat pads all season and then has a 'wonderful' magician act in the playoffs every year .. something involving an Arti-CHOKE and then disappearing.  SHHHHHHH     



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Sharks' Thornton calls Rangers soft after loss

Well, what's wrong with a guy telling the truth.  The Rangers are soft, and not going anywhere fast.  Big deal.  Let's all get offended.


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Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:31 pm
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Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Sharks' Thornton calls Rangers soft after loss

Torts reaction is great lol and to JT , bruins 1 sharks 0



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:57 am
 

Sharks' Thornton calls Rangers soft after loss

Wow, Mister "I finally showed up once in my career at playoff time (last year) but still flopped" is calling others soft? What's it like wearing the face of perennial disappointment there, Joe? By the way, the only real "Joe" on your team is Pavelski; he should wear the C, he's the only one who gives 100% day in and day out no matter what the game or time of the season. This buffoon is so soft he's the Charmin of the league...only good for wiping an arse.



Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:45 am
 

Sharks' Thornton calls Rangers soft after loss

IRONIC TO HEAR THAT FROM THIS GUY.....ISN'T THAT THE REASON WHY THE BRUINS DUMPED HIS ASS? HE WAS TOO SOFT FOR THE BRUTAL RUNS THROUGH THE EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS AND LIL JOEY JUST COULDN'T HANDLE IT. LOOK IN THE MIRROR WHEN YOU POINT THAT FINGER JOE "REGULAR SEASON" THORNTON.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:37 am
 

Sharks' Thornton calls Rangers soft after loss

i like torts always will...but i think for joe thornton to say that is pretty weak...for the simple fact that this is the only meeting between the clubs..and you just lost 5-2...to a "soft" team...the sharks are not what i would call gritty...they have flamed out of the playoffs spectacularly on a regular basis.....


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