Thornton Looking to Become 16th Player with 10 50-Assist Seasons

March 23rd, 2015 by Bleacher Report Milestones Leave a reply »
Sitting at 48 assists through 68 games this season, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton needs just two more helpers to become the 16th player in NHL history with 50 or more assists in 10 different seasons, per Sportsnet Stats.

Following an assist-less showing in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the 35-year-old center will get his next crack at the milestone in Monday's road game against the Ottawa Senators.

While largely a pushover in recent seasons, the Senators suddenly find themselves in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, due in large part to some fantastic work by rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond, who has widely become known as "The Hamburglar."

Thornton and the Sharks thus figure to have their hands full, though the veteran did produce a pair of multi-assist games last week, and the Hamburglar finally seems to be cooling down a bit.

If Thornton doesn't hit the mark Monday evening, his next chance will come in Thursday's road game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Given his impressive track record of durability and production, there's little question Thornton will pick up two more assists ove ...

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