Series (Game 3 of 4)
Series tied 2-2
(12-27-1, 25 pts)
(17-16-5, 39 pts)
10:30 PM ET, January 5, 2006
SAP Center, San Jose, California
J. Cheechoo (Sharks - RW): Goals: 3, Assists: 0
N. Ekman (Sharks - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 4
J. Thornton (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 3
Columbus (12-26-1) at San Jose (16-16-5) 10:30 pm EST
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Joe Thornton's first month with
the San Jose Sharks got his new team pointed in the right
The Sharks play their first game of 2006 on Thursday when they
take on the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets.
Acquired November 30 after San Jose lost 10 consecutive games,
Thornton registered five goals and 16 assists to lead the Sharks
to six straight victories and an 8-4-1 mark in December.
His presence has also had a positive impact on two of his
teammates. Jonathan Cheechoo led the league with 13 goals in
December, while captain Patrick Marleau had five goals and 14
Thornton scored twice and Nils Ekman tied a franchise record
with four assists Saturday as the Sharks snapped a four-game
losing streak with a 5-2 triumph over Colorado.
Columbus remains last in the league in goals (82) - the only
team with fewer than 100 this season. However, the Blue Jackets
have played better of late, winning three of their last four.
Rick Nash and Jason Chimera scored for Columbus, which had a
three-game winning streak halted in Saturday's 5-2 loss to
Detroit. The Blue Jackets were outshot, 43-15.
Chimera had two goals for Columbus in a 4-1 triumph over the
Sharks on October 21, which evened the season series at 1-1.
However, the Blue Jackets are 1-7-1 all-time at San Jose.