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Joe Thornton gives Rangers long-term bulletin board material

San Jose Sharks v New York Rangers

at Madison Square Garden on October 31, 2011 in New York City.

Chris Trotman

Does “bulletin board material” have an expiration date?

We might just find out the next time the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers meet, as Joe Thornton provided this stunning bit of criticism to’s Kevin Kurz.



Well, wow.

This is an especially surprising critique considering the fact that the Rangers handled the Sharks by a score of 5-2 while out-shooting Thornton & Co. 31-26.

Maybe Thornton is mad that his team fell one win short of a perfect six-game road trip. Perhaps Jumbo Joe is upset that the Sharks are still looking up at the Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division despite that impressive stretch of away games. Of course, he could just be frustrated with his own efforts; one of the enduring images of Monday’s contest was Dan Girardi’s alert poke check on a Thornton one-timer pass.

The only way the Rangers can get direct revenge is if the two teams meet in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. Otherwise it’s one of those things that could easily get lost in the shuffle - at least until a reporter reminds everyone whenever the two squads square off again.

John Tortorella shouldn’t wait to yield some solid motivation from Thornton’s words, though.