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Joe Thornton skated on the Sharks' fourth line and Twitter had a field day.

By Allan Muir
October 03, 2014

It's the preseason for everybody. Even the internet.

We were reminded of that on Friday afternoon when Sharks beat writer David Pollak passed along the team's line combinations from the day's pre-game skate. One of those combos featured the team's beleaguered former captain Joe Thornton slotted between Andrew Desjardins and Mike Brown. Eye catching? Sure, but the information was immediately followed by this qualification: "That last group in orange likely sitting tonite for #SJSharks."

Now, if a player who finished second in the league last season with 65 assists last season was saddled with a pair of plumbers for a regular season game, that would be worthy of some lively online discourse. But Pollak made it clear this was a unit that likely would not be used in the game.

Didn't matter. Social media went bonkers, digging its teeth into Pollak's "story" and giving it a good shake. Guess you can rage about Ebola and jailed reality stars so much ...

So, so good. Welcome back, hockey!

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