Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Joe Thornton has chunk ripped out magnificent beard in brawl

Joe Thornton has chunk ripped out magnificent beard in brawl

"In saying all of that, we're still a young team and learning how to win".

Joe Thornton and Kadri set the tone for the feisty affair, fighting just two seconds into the game.

Joe Thornton has chunk ripped out magnificent beard in brawl

"I thought we did lots of really good things", Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.

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. But even though they scored twice and held San Jose's power play without a goal in three tries, the Leafs went into the third period in a 2-2 tie thanks to a mistake by their goaltender.

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Brenden Dillon tied the game less than 32 seconds later, pouncing on a loose puck after Matt Martin blocked a Brent Burns shot and firing it into the top-right corner as he was streaking down the left wing.

But everyone was talking about his fight with Thornton that started the night.

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"He asked me. He initiated", Kadri said. I felt he came across with a slash there, then another one, and I gave one back. "I didn't let it affect me", he said. I mean he's a big boy. Toronto was especially sharp, and fortunate, to kill off the final 1:50 of the overtime period with Mitch Marner in the penalty box after an accidental double-minor for high sticking. It was his first since November 30, a drought of 12 games. "I'm playing with some great players that are looking for me and trying to get me out of that slump. Those are the bounces you wait for; that's what you've got to be patient for and positive about, because eventually those plays are going to happen".

Matthews opened the scoring with 1:23 left in the first period with his 18th of the season.

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