Joe Thornton has chunk ripped out magnificent beard in brawl

Joe Thornton has chunk ripped out magnificent beard in brawl

On a night the San Jose Sharks lost in the shootout to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Joe Thornton lost a piece of himself.

It was a frigid -26 C with the wind chill outside but it was hot from the get-go inside the Air Canada Centre with Thornton and Toronto's Nazem Kadri dropping the gloves two seconds in after slashing each other at the opening faceoff like manic lumberjacks.

Kadri grabbed Thornton's rather vast beard during the scrap.

"I ended up with a piece of it in my hand", Kadri said. "I had no idea how I ended up with beard".

"I thought I was a hockey player not a barber". After the puck was dropped, Thornton and Kadri squared up to chuck some knucks. I felt he came across with a slash there, then another one, and I gave one back. "He's a big boy, I couldn't reach all the way across his shoulder and felt like I just grabbed him in the middle of his jersey and came down with a handful of hair".


Thornton didn't comment after the game.

A goal, a fight, a chunk of Joe Thornton's beard.

Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, playing in his 100th game as a Leaf, stopped five of six Sharks in the shootout to overcome a giveaway in front of his net that led to Chris Tierney's game-tying goal in the second period.

Kadri, who was giving up at least 4 inches and 30 pounds to Thornton, had a welt on the side of his face as a souvenir of the fight.

"I didn't see that coming", said former Shark Patrick Marleau. The 38-year-old veteran has eight goals and 19 assists this season, leading the Sharks in points.

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