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Player of the Week – Nov. 23

The Hockey News player of the week for the period of November 16-22 is San Jose’s playmaking center Joe Thornton.

In three games on the week, Thornton racked up eight points to go along with a plus-3 rating.

His most impressive performance came in Friday’s 6-3 defeat of the Philadelphia Flyers, where Thornton recorded four assists as his linemate, Dany Heatley, posted a hat trick. Thornton had 20:59 of ice time versus the Flyers, but only managed two shots on goal.

In their only loss on the week, a 4-3 defeat to the hands of Nashville, Thornton still tallied a goal and an assist with three shots in 22:31 of ice time. Saturday against Anaheim, Thornton had yet another helper and also potted his first game-winning goal of the season. The six shots he recorded against Anaheim were the most Thornton has posted this season.

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As the Sharks continue to roll and sit atop the league with a 16-5-4 record, Thornton leads the way with seven goals and 25 assists for 32 points in 25 games, good enough for second in the league.