Once again, the Sharks tied the game late in the period as Chris Tierney scored his ninth of the season, which ranks third in the team's goals race, with 1:42 left in the frame. It's also now a little lighter than it was before his game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, after a chunk of it was ripped out during a fight. "In saying all of that, we're still a young team and learning how to win".
"I didn't mean to grab him there".
Perhaps this was the sort of thing Leafs head coach Mike Babcock was talking about before the game when he said he loved the energy Thornton and fellow beard-enthusiast Brent Burns bring to the game.
Now this how you start a good ol' hockey game (if it was 1976).
Thornton ands Kadri exchanged words in the faceoff circle prior to the opening draw, prompting the Sharks alternate captain to drop the gloves and challenge the Maple Leafs shutdown center to a fight.
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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. He handed it to Tierney, who easily converted the gift into his ninth goal of the season to tie the score.
Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, playing in his 100th game as a Leaf, stopped five of six Sharks in the shootout.
Kadri said the fight was Thornton's idea and he isn't sure why. "I didn't let it affect me", he said.
"He asked me. He initiated", Kadri said. "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". "We're good with this team at picking up each other if someone makes a mistake".
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.