By Ann Killion – April 16, 2018
Playoff hockey is as familiar a South Bay sight as a corporate bus full of people coding at 80 miles an hour.
But this April, the playoff hockey has a different look.
On Monday, the Sharks roared into SAP Center, with a series lead and a full head of steam, but without two stalwarts.
No Patrick Marleau, who was busy scoring goals in a playoff game in Toronto. No Joe Thornton, who is injured and unavailable. For the first time in 23 seasons, neither player was available for the playoffs.
Jan 31, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates with center Joe Thornton (19) after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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