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

05 January, 2018, 14:17 | Author: John Swanson
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Fights to start a game are less common, but not unheard of.

Thornton and Leafs center Nazem Kadri traded slashes before the opening faceoff. Kadri grabbed Thornton's rather enormous beard during the scrap.

Unfortunately for Thornton, who sports a very glorious beard, his facial hair got in the way of Kadri's grip.

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The real victim of the final scuffle, a tuft of Thornton's scraggly hair, appeared on camera beneath one of the officials right before he separated the fighters.

"This is a tough trip, and considering their situation and how desperate they are, they're a good team", San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said with two games left on a five-game road trip.

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

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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.

The Leafs put in a solid effort for the second game in a row, and this time they had something to show for it - at least when it came to goals - after losing 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. "I had no idea how I ended up with beard".

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. It's so important in our game - our game is every night, it's a grind, it's hard. "I felt like I just grabbed him in the middle of his jersey and just came down with a handful of his hair". I'm a hockey player not a barber.

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"I had to stay patient", Kadri said.

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