Sharks and Kings Have Playoff Feel
By the time the late game started Thursday night, the Sharks had clinched a playoff berth, but they played as though the season was on the line - and for both teams the game could decide playoff position.
The Kings took the lead three times, with the Sharks battling back every time. The Sharks then took their first lead with under eight minutes left in regulation, but the Kings were able to tie up the game and send it into overtime. Scoreless in OT, the Sharks took it in a shootout. I won't miss those next week.
Throughout the figurative battle, there were three literal ones. Drew Doughty got into his first career fight against Joe Thornton. Jumbo Joe used his size advantage well and fed Doughty a series of lefts. Thornton, who fought a few times a season earlier in his career, hadn't had a fight in almost three years.
Ryane Clowe had a pair of fights. His first was against Matt Greene and it came shortly after the Thornton-Doughty fight. His second came in the second period vs Kyle Clifford. Clowe fared well in both bouts and had a goal and an assist: a supersized Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Thornton also picked up a GHHT.
Parros-Hordichuk: The Series
George Parros fought Darcy Hordichuk last night for the 13th time in the NHL. On their latest fight page is the list of all of their bouts, and all have video. Their scrap from Apr 2, 2010 is currently the highest rated by the fans here.
Ryane Clowe vs Kyle Clifford Apr 5, 2012
Ryane Clowe vs Matt Greene Apr 5, 2012
Joe Thornton vs Drew Doughty Apr 5, 2012
George Parros vs Darcy Hordichuk Apr 5, 2012
Brenden Morrow vs Sean Avery Apr 1, 2006
Paul Gaustad vs Wade Belak Apr 1, 2006
Derek Dorsett vs Cody McLeod Apr 5, 2012
Mike Richards vs Joel Bouchard Apr 2, 2006
Jeff Cowan vs Todd Fedoruk Apr 4, 2006
James Neal vs Andrew Ference Apr 3, 2012
Micheal Haley vs Cam Janssen Apr 3, 2012
Matt Frattin vs Marcus Foligno Apr 3, 2012
Jay Rosehill vs Brayden McNabb Apr 3, 2012
Michael Rupp vs Jody Shelley Apr 3, 2012
Brandon Prust vs Zac Rinaldo Apr 3, 2012
Ben Eager vs Jordan Nolan Apr 2, 2012
Jason Chimera vs Ryan Malone Apr 2, 2012