Sharks pummeled by Hawks in first game after Thornton/Wilson public feud

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San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson speaks to reporters following the NHL general managers' meetings in Toronto, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Mark Blinch)
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So that whole Joe Thornton, Doug Wilson Friday rift. The one where Thornton told his general manager to “shut his mouth” after Wilson said “stress” and “pressure” led to his stripping Thornton of his captain’s C. How was that going to play out in San Jose’s next day game against Chicago. Well, horribly if you’re the Sharks. 

San Jose lost 6-2 to Chicago. The game was 2-2 heading into the third period, then the Blackhawks scored four unanswered goals – one of which being an empty netter.

Did San Jose’s loss have anything to do with that Thornton, Wilson thing? Players predictably said it was caused by other issues.

From CSN Bay Area:

“Our job is to come here and play hockey, and that's what we did,” said Logan Couture, when asked if the Joe Thornton-Doug Wilson rift has become a distraction. “Guys showed up, and I thought we played pretty well.”

And that Pavelski guy, who made that stirring speech on EPIX that one time:

“We support each other and we want to play, and we want to play hard. Guys responded pretty well with that today. But, you’ve got to find a way right to the end to win. It can’t get away from us like it did.”

And as for Thornton, who scored a goal, saying more on the topic … check out the tweet from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ross McKeon who noted the ‘alternate’ captain told himself to ‘just say nay’ … or no.

Here is the full context from the San Jose Mercury News:

Thornton, who had a one-word response -- "No" -- each of the two times he was asked if his verbal battle with his boss was a distraction, was referring to Chicago forward Brandon Saad's tiebreaking tally early in the third period.

But apparently Thornton and Wilson made up? Also from the Merc, in a different story where Thornton talked about the issue:

Specifically, Thornton said that between Friday night and game time Saturday, he had separate conversations with both Wilson and team owner Hasso Plattner to clear the air.

"I talked with Hasso and Doug," Thornton said, "and they don't have a problem with me."

As you'd expect, Thornton was not eager to discuss details. He simply said that Plattner, the team's billionaire proprietor from Germany, called him and the two men had a productive discussion.

Thornton's phone visit with Wilson, which took place Friday evening, also seems to have ended on constructive terms. Wilson confirmed this after Saturday's game.

"Joe and I talked last night," Wilson said. "I appreciate Joe reaching out to me. We had a great talk. Everything is in a very good place."

Um, no it's not in a good place. It isn't at all. San Jose could have kept pace in the playoff race with Los Angeles and Calgary both falling Saturday night in regulation. Instead, the Sharks got demolished and are now four points behind Winnipeg for the final Wild Card spot, and still five behind Calgary for the Pacific Division's last postseason spot. 

Are you rebuilding? Are you refreshing? Are you going for it? If you’re asking these questions it means you’re a mess. The best option may be to tank – Sharks style. 

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