Joe Thornton has chunk ripped out magnificent beard in brawl

Joe Thornton has chunk ripped out magnificent beard in brawl

Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak and a 10-game slid (0-8-2) against the Sharks.

Tierney tied it with 1:42 left in the period.

"You forget about it and keep battling", Andersen said of his miscue.

"This is a tough trip, and considering their situation and how desperate they are, they're a good team", San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said with two games left on a five-game road trip.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks kicked off their match-up at the Air Canada Centre tonight with a bang, as centers Nazem Kadri and Joe Thornton dropped the gloves and exchanged punches right off the opening face-off.

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A goal, a fight, a chunk of Joe Thornton's beard. Babcock has coached both players many times in worldwide play. "I didn't let it affect me", he said. You still have a chance to win, and we're looking for that goal if we get that opportunity. "Nazem, with the way he plays, helps us every night anyway, whether it be matching up or generating offense". "You've got to have that personal energy".

But everyone was talking about his fight with Thornton that started the night. Perhaps it should be noted Kadri hails from London, Ont., while Thornton is one of the most famous natives of the nearby, and much smaller, burg of St. Thomas. He asked me to go, he initiated it. "I felt like I just grabbed him in the middle of his jersey and just came down with a handful of his hair". He insisted on going.

As for the beard-pulling, Kadri pleaded ignorance. "I ended up with a piece of it in my hand". "By no means did I expect that".

The Leafs jumped ahead 2-1 at 12:40 of the second when Kadri redirected a Mitch Marner shot through Jones' five hole with his skate from the slot. It was his first since November 30, a drought of 12 games.

"I just had to stay patient". "I'm playing with some great players that are looking for me and trying to get me out of that slump". "You have to have mental toughness, and its easy to be positive when things are going well, but it takes some mental toughness to be that way when things aren't going so well".

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