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

"They're a veteran team, they know how to play, and it looks like it when the game is on the line", Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said of the Sharks.

Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri scored, and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves for the Maple Leafs (24-16-2), who ended a three-game losing streak and defeated the Sharks at home for the first time since January 29, 2002.

Nazem Kadri grabs a piece of Joe Thornton's beard. As in, you can see Kadri throw a big chunk of grayish beard onto the ice. "We played a really good game and stuck with it".

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

Watch as a fight between Nazem Kadri and Joe Thornton results in the Maple Leafs' pest ripping an actual handful of the Sharks forward's beard out and leaving it on the ice.

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Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak and a 10-game slid (0-8-2) against the Sharks.

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. "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".

"You've got other people that are Energizer bunnies". "I had no idea how I ended up with beard". It's so important in our game - our game is every night, it's a grind, it's hard. I'm a hockey player not a barber. I felt he came across with a slash there, then another one, and I gave one back. I mean he's a big boy.

"I just had to stay patient".

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