SAN JOSE — The narrative pretty much wrote itself.
Clawing back against a Bruins club that boasted a flawless 17-0-0 mark this season when holding a lead of three or more goals, who better to orchestrate a come-from-behind win for the Sharks than the man who was once the franchise in Boston in Joe Thornton?
Sprouting plenty of grey in his beard, the 39-year-old pivot very well could be in the final season of what has been a Hall-of-Fame career, and made the most of what will likely be one of the final times he’ll be able to exact some vengeance against his former club.
As his wristed a puck past Tuukka Rask at 13:36 in the third period for a go-ahead goal, Thornton appeared to deliver the coup de grace — his first hat trick in eight years sealing a disheartening result for Boston, and putting an emphatic bow on what should have been an easy night at the office for the scribes in San Jose.
But, as they’ve done seemingly all season long, this Bruins team isn’t one to following along with normal conventions, nor are they prone to falling in line with the same old tired narratives.