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

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

Frederik Andersen gave Chris Tierney a big gift but pulled the rug out from under him and the San Jose Sharks when it mattered.

Tyler Bozak clinched a 3-2 shootout win for Marleau's new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs (24-16-2), scoring in the sixth round of the shootout as the Sharks fell to 1-1-1 on their five-game road trip.

Yep, that's right, Kadri tore off an entire CHUNK of Thornton's beard.

Now this how you start a good ol' hockey game (if it was 1976).

Don't believe me? Thornton found this out the hard way when squaring off against Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri on Thursday evening, as his beard became collateral damage.

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. "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".

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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.

Patrick Marleu evened the score with his old friends, winning the rematch against his former-team on home ice in a shootout.

Kadri said the fight was Thornton's idea and he isn't sure why. I mean he's a big boy.

"He asked me. He initiated", Kadri said.

"I think energy is contagious", Babcock said. I felt he came across with a slash there, then another one, and I gave one back. "You have to have mental toughness, and its easy to be positive when things are going well, but it takes some mental toughness to be that way when things aren't going so well".

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