Jumbo Joe, justice and Nicklas Lidstrom 

May, 10, 2010
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After another busy weekend of playoff hockey (can you believe we're almost through the second round?), here are 10 thoughts for the beginning of the work week.

1. Jumbo Joe: Joe Thornton was brilliant for the San Jose Sharks in their Game 5 clincher over the Detroit Red Wings. He scored the tying goal in the second period, putting the puck past Jimmy Howard after making a nice little toe-drag to give himself a clear shooting angle. And, in the third period, Jumbo Joe jumped all over a Brian Rafalski turnover, firing a quick pass to linemate Patrick Marleau, who one-timed the perfect feed past a helpless Howard. That proved to be the difference. Thornton also won 10 of 14 draws and delivered three hits to lead his team to the conference final. In the five-game series, he contributed three goals and five assists. Jumbo, indeed!

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.

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