Joe Thornton loses part of his beard in a fight

Joe Thornton loses part of his beard in a fight

Joe Thornton loses part of his beard in a fight

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. But he got a bit of an unexpected trim during a fight on Thursday night. "In saying all of that, we're still a young team and learning how to win". And Kadri wasn't gentle during the fight, grabbing Thornton's jersey and, perhaps accidentally, a large chunk of his beard during the scrap. "We played a really good game and stuck with it".

Fact: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton has one of the best beards in the National Hockey League.

That was one of the better quotes of the year from the Leafs, and Kadri could add that to his slump-busting goal, a second period marker that snapped his career-high 12-game goal drought.

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.

Matthews and Tyler Bozak scored for the Leafs in the six-round shootout.

But everyone was talking about his fight with Thornton that started the night. He asked me to go, he initiated it.

"I think energy is contagious", Babcock said. "I felt like he just came across with a slash, I gave him one and he gave me one back".

"Those are the bounces you wait for, that you have to be patient for and have got to be positive about because eventually those plays are going to happen". "We're good with this team at picking up each other if someone makes a mistake".

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

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