Sharks take over first place in Pacific from Ducks

The Sharks dumped the Ducks in a battle of Pacific Division heavyweights. Led by Joe Thornton, San Jose cued a third-period comeback over Anaheim after being down 2-1. Thornton scored the equalizer and then assisted on the game winner. With his pair of helpers, he moved into a first-place tie in assists with Sidney Crosby.

The San Jose Sharks reclaimed first place in the Pacific Division for the first time in 104 days. The previous time the Fins owned top spot in the division was Dec. 6.

And they did it on the shoulders of their captain.

Joe Thornton proved he’s the best passer in the NHL with a pair of assists. ‘Jumbo Joe’ also had a goal.

Thornton started his three-point night with an assist on the Sharks’ opening goal by Patrick Marleau.

After the Ducks took the lead in the third, Thornton tied it 2-2 with his 11th goal of the season.

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Then with just under four minutes to play, Thornton’s mid-air pass was deflected by Brent Burns past goaltender Frederik Andersen. It was Burns’ 20th of the season.

Thornton is now tied with Sidney Crosby for most assists in the league with 58.

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