Sharks' Joe Thornton Records 100th Career NHL Playoff Point

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks ties up Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings as he goes for the puck in front of Antti Niemi #31 during the second period in Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on April 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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With an assist on Brent Burns' goal 3:16 into the first period of Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings, Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks recorded his 100th career NHL playoff point, per the San Jose Mercury News.

In doing so, Thornton became the 88th player in league history to hit the plateau. Not long after Thornton reached the mark, his teammate, Patrick Marleau—who also entered Tuesday's action with 99 career playoff points—hit the 100-point milestone as well, by notching a second-period helper.

Marleau later scored the game-winning goal Tuesday, 6:20 into overtime, lifting the Sharks to a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Kings.

Among active skaters, Thornton is tied for 11th place in playoff scoring with Daniel Alfredsson of the Detroit Red Wings and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who reached the 100-point milestone himself on Monday.

Through the first three games of the Sharks' current playoff series, Thornton—drafted first overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL entry draft—has contributed two goals and an assist to his team's cause.

Overall, the 34-year-old Thornton, who made his NHL debut with the Bruins in 1997-98, has notched 24 goals and dished out 76 assists in 128 career playoff contests.

During his productive NHL tenure, Thornton has recorded a total of 342 goals and 1,194 points in 1,207 career regular-season contests. The big center's individual resume includes an Art Ross Trophy, as the NHL's leading scorer in 2005-06, as well as a Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP that same season.

From a team standpoint, Thornton earned an Olympic Gold medal while representing Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics, but to date, a Stanley Cup title has eluded him.

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