San Jose Sharks’ Joe Thornton (19) prepares for a face-off against the Minnesota Wild in the third period at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on
San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) prepares for a face-off against the Minnesota Wild in the third period at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)