2009 Stanley Cup playoffs: Joe and Sharks are in a hole

Thornton

Thornton

If you’re expecting Joe Thornton to panic now that his San Jose Sharks are down 2-0 in their Western Conference quarterfinal series with Anaheim, no dice.

“They’ll come, they’ll come,” Thornton said of his team’s elusive power-play goals in the game story by Mark Emmons in the Mercury-News.

The Sharks lost Game 2 last night, 3-2, and are now 0-for-12 in the series with the man-advantage. As Mark Purdy of the Mercury-News writes, the Ducks seem to have the perfect formula to get the done done in the West’s 1-8 series.

MK: The Sharks have had endured some bad flame-outs, but this would be the worst one. Last year they canned the coach in response to their disappointing postseason. This time GM Doug Wilson, by all accounts a great guy and excellent manager, would probably take the fall. And Thornton would take a vacation.

Elsewhere in the Western Conference:

•Even without Mats Sundin due to injury, Vancouver opened a 3-0 series lead on St. Louis.

•Columnist Bernie Miklasz wants the Blues to stop being fancy.

•Calgary’s Cory Sarich is having a hard time with his injury.

•Chicago forward Dustin Byfuglien has been a hitting machine against the Flames.

•They don’t want any octopi at Nationwide Arena for Game 3 between Detroit and Columbus.

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