Joe Thornton has a handful of his beard ripped out during fight

Joe Thornton has a handful of his beard ripped out during fight

Joe Thornton has a handful of his beard ripped out during fight

But he got a bit of an unexpected trim during a fight on Thursday night.

Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri scored, and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves for the Maple Leafs (24-16-2), who ended a three-game losing streak and defeated the Sharks at home for the first time since January 29, 2002.

The 38-year-old Thornton lost part of his impressive beard during the scrap, thanks to Kadri hanging on to his 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 played a really good game and stuck with it".

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In a throwback display of truculence which mirrored a not-so-uncommon way of starting a game 'back in the day, ' Nazem Kadri and Joe Thornton dropped the gloves and went at it in Toronto Thursday night before numerous ACC's patrons even had a chance to take their seats.

Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak and a 10-game slid (0-8-2) against the Sharks. He handed it to Tierney, who easily converted the gift into his ninth goal of the season to tie the score.

Dillon tied it with 52 seconds left in the first. "I was able to just react quick enough to direct that puck towards the net and it happened to go in". You still have a chance to win, and we're looking for that goal if we get that opportunity. "I'm playing with some great players who are looking for me to try to get me out of that slump", Kadri said. "Nazem, with the way he plays, helps us every night anyway, whether it be matching up or generating offense". I'm a hockey player not a barber. I mean he's a big boy. It was his first since November 30, a drought of 12 games.

The Maple Leafs opened the scoring with 1:23 left in the first the when Auston Matthews recorded his 18th of the season, redirecting a Connor Carrick point shot through Jones' five hole.

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