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Joe Thornton’s Sick Pass Sets Up Sharks Goal

During the 2015-16 season, Joe Thornton lead the San Jose Sharks in assists. In fact, he’s done that every year since he was traded to the Sharks in 2005. With passes like he had last night, it’s easy to understand why.

The Sharks held a 2-0 lead in the third period last night when Thornton collected the puck along the far boards. He sent a pass to Tomas Hertl behind the net who quickly brought the puck out front and stuffed it in past Brian Elliott.

Now when you closely watch the replay, take a look at Thornton’s position when he passes the puck, and then note where Hertl is when he receives the puck. If threading that needle isn’t enough, keep in mind that there are two defenders between Thorton and Hertl.

It takes unbelievable poise and skill to make that play, and even at the NHL level, there are few passers that can set that play up like Joe Thornton. At age 36, it is clear to see that he is still one of the most elite set up guys in the game today.

Jumbo Joe also assisted on Hertl’s first period goal last night as the Sharks skated away with their second consecutive shutout over the Blues. They now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

There’s still a lot of hockey left to play, but it’s looking more and more like the Sharks have a chance this year.

Check out Joe Thornton’s incredible assist below. Please drop us a note in the comments and let me know what you think of this play. Did you catch something I didn’t? Or is Joe Thornton really just that good?

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