Winter Olympics: Marleau And Heatley Are Bringing Me Some Optimism

February 19th, 2010 by Harrison Oztemel Leave a reply »
After watching the better part of Team Canada's first two games at the 2010 Winter Olympics, I, as a avid Sharks fan, have noticed the strong play of the "Sharks line".  

It goes without saying that a line that has played together for the past four months or so would initially be more dominant than a freshly strung together combination, but regardless, people are noticing this Sharks line.

From a statistical view, Dany Heatley is leading the tournament with three goals and one assist in two games, Patrick Marleau has a goal and two assists, and Dan Boyle is sporting two assists of his own.  The key omission to this list is Joe Thornton.

Sharks fans will know (and most likely some Boston followers as well) that Thornton does not play his best hockey come playoff time.  His numbers don't exactly match up to those of the regular season, and his overall play slows down a bit.  We have seen this trend all too often, which doesn't aid in shaking off the undesired tag of "playoff choker". 

Thornton now is sitting pretty with 59 assists, which at seasons end will likely be around 82 or so.  Much of this can be attributed to huge step up ...

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