National Hockey League star gets chunk of beard ripped out in vicious fight

National Hockey League star gets chunk of beard ripped out in vicious fight

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. I mean he's a big boy.

Thornton and Kadri dropping the gloves just two seconds after being tossed out of the opening faceoff for slashing each other like manic lumberjacks.

Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, playing in his 100th game as a Leaf, stopped five of six Sharks in the shootout.

"We were trying to figure out what it was", Sharks forward Chris Tierney said. "I felt like he just came across with a slash, I gave him one and he gave me one back".

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.

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Which will be critical for the Raiders during what likely will be their previous year in Oakland. Jack Del Rio was sacked by the Raiders immediately after their Week 17 loss.

"It was a good fight".

Now this how you start a good ol' hockey game (if it was 1976). "The first period will be very important to us tonight".

Kadri had a more enjoyable moment at 12:40 in the second period when he redirected a feed from Mitch Marner to score a power-play goal that gave the Leafs a 2-1 lead.

Matthews, with his 18th of the season, and Sharks defenceman Brenden Dillon traded goals late in the first period.

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. He handed it to Tierney, who easily converted the gift into his ninth goal of the season to tie the score. San Jose won 3-2 when the teams met October 30 in Marleau's return to the Shark Tank.

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