Whenever Wayne and Joe Thornton talk hockey, the advice from father to son is always the same.

Shoot the puck.

"Pretty much before every game I have to remind him," Wayne Thornton said. "But he doesn't shoot enough. He never has."

Joe Thornton, the Sharks captain, continues to be one of the NHL's preeminent passers. At the same time, he can be unselfish to a fault. San Jose coach Todd McLellan long has pressed Thornton to be more aggressive about challenging goaltenders himself.

"Some players are shooters and some players are passers," Thornton countered, "and I guess I'm just a passer at heart. I enjoy setting guys up."