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Joe Thornton has an incredible reaction to Tomas Hertl’s four-goal game

Joe-Thornton-SharksThere have been a variety of different reactions this week to San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl’s breakout performance against the New York Rangers. On one end of the spectrum, you have people like Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates who think Hertl was showboating and is lucky he didn’t get laid out for it. At the other end you have Joe Thornton, sitting all by himself, with a truly unbelievable reaction to his teammate’s performance.

Thornton was first asked if he thought Hertl was showing off by scoring four goals — including this incredible between-the-legs move to give his team an 8-2 lead.

“Shut up, have you ever played the game?” he replied, via The Province.

And then things got really, really weird.

“I’d have my c— out if I scored four goals,” Thornton added. “I’d have my c— out, stroking it.”

If Thornton has himself a four-goal game at any point this season, the NHL and its broadcasting partners are going to have a serious problem on their hands.

H/T Joe Haggerty

Video: Joe Thornton and Ryan Getzlaf Fight to Start Sharks/Ducks Game 6

Well, that’s one way to start a game. The Ducks closed out the Presidents’ Trophy winning Sharks on Monday night, beating them 4-1 to take the series. The victory marked the fifth time since 1968 that the top regular season club in the NHL lost in the first round of the playoffs. Apparently seeking to spark some fire and emotion with his team, Joe Thornton decided to drop gloves early in the game. Ducks’ center Ryan Getzlaf obliged. On the opening draw! Check it out — I’ve never seen anything like it!

Getzlaf explained how it all went down:

“Joe kind of came in and said, ‘Do you want to go tonight?”’ Getzlaf said. “I had every intention of asking him, so it was a situation that carried over from last game. We kind of knew what we were doing. … (In Game 5) I didn’t want give them any spark. Tonight, I felt, was the opportunity to redeem myself.”

I don’t know what the Sharks’ deal is considering how good they’ve been the past four seasons and how disappointing they’ve been in the playoffs. The only bright side is if you’re anti-Red Wings, the Ducks may just be hot enough and physical enough to knock them out. Otherwise Detroit’s going to the Cup, passing go, and collecting 200 octopuses.