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Kadri tugs at Thornton's beard, Maple Leafs beat Sharks

Kadri tugs at Thornton's beard, Maple Leafs beat Sharks

Also fact: Thornton's magnificent facial hair is a bit patchier after engaging in fisticuffs with Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri.

Lucky for Thornton, he still appeared to have plenty of beard left over after that brawl.

The 38-year-old Thornton's beard took a beating in the scrap, thanks to Kadri hanging on to the beard rather than his jersey as he was twirled around by the bigger Shark.

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

"We want to push the pace in this game", Leafs winger Matt Martin said at the morning skate, where the Leafs talked about their season-long inconsistencies with their starts to games.

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.

San Jose tied it 2-2 with 1:42 left in the second period when Andersen misplayed a shot and put a rebound into the slot for Tierney, who scored to the blocker side. "It's a good point, but you leave a little disappointed because I thought we had two or three chances in the third period to get two points and then a couple chances in the shootout and overtime". You still have a chance to win, and we're looking for that goal if we get that opportunity. "I felt like he just came across with a slash, I gave him one and he gave me one back". "I was able to just react quick enough to direct that puck towards the net and it happened to go in".

"I ended up with a piece of it in my hand", Kadri said.

What if I told you that having a beard has the occasional drawback when playing the game of hockey? It was Kadri's first point since November 30.

Matthews, with his 18th of the season, and Sharks defenceman Brenden Dillon traded goals late in the first period.


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