Heart Joe Thornton could be supplemental self-discipline from the NHL proper when the Sharks will probably be attempting to battle again from a 2-1 collection deficit towards the Vegas Golden Knights.
Though there was no official phrase as of late Sunday evening that the NHL’s Division of Participant Security was going to have a listening to with Thornton, his hit on Tomas Nosek within the second interval of Recreation Three might get a re-assessment from the league. Vegas received the sport 6-Three and can take a 2-1 collection lead into Tuesday’s Recreation 4.
As Nosek skated again towards the Golden Knights’ finish line, preventing off a verify from Brenden Dillon, Thornton got here in from behind the Vegas internet and clipped Nosek’s head along with his left shoulder.
Nosek had simply launched the puck and was not searching for the hit. Thornton didn’t make an effort to play the puck.
Joe Thornton ▶️▶️▶️ Tomas Nosek#HfHits
Fleury was able to battle him for this one. Didn’t occur. 😔 pic.twitter.com/eJIpqi78mY
— hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) April 15, 2019
Thornton was given a unlawful verify to the top minor penalty for the infraction on the 16:54 mark of the second. Nosek’s first shift again was on the 1:07 mark of the third interval.
Thornton’s ideas on the matter?
“I truthfully thought I barely touched him,” Thornton mentioned. “He simply got here proper again; it was simply a type of performs that it’s what it’s. I believe my son hits me like that six instances a day, it’s only a bizarre place to place himself in. That’s all.”
Thornton doesn’t have a current or lengthy historical past of suspensions. In Nov. 2010, he was given two video games for successful to the top of David Perron, then with the St. Louis Blues. In March, he and Golden Knights ahead Ryan Reaves had been every fined $2,500 for high-sticking.
“They’ll take a look at it for positive,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant mentioned. “There isn’t any doubt. Positively a excessive hit to the top and they’re going to take a look at it. We are going to see what occurs.”
Dropping Thornton for any size of time can be an enormous blow to a Sharks group that has already been beset by damage. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was injured in Friday’s Recreation 2 after he blocked a shot from Shea Theodore and didn’t play Sunday. Ahead Micheal Haley was injured Sunday, additionally from blocking a shot by Theodore. When both participant would possibly return is unsure.
Thornton has a purpose and two assists in three video games this collection. He completed the common season with 51 factors in 73 video games, and had 26 factors in 30 video games after the NHL All-Star break, when his line with Kevin Labanc and Marcus Sorensen was arguably the Sharks’ most constant.
Thornton was upset that no excessive sticking name was given to Jon Merrill with simply over two minutes left within the first interval, because it appeared Merrill’s stick clipped Thornton’s face along side the Golden Knights’ internet.
At that time, the Sharks had been trailing 2-1. After targets by Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty gave the Golden Knights a two-goal lead 12-plus minutes into the sport, Thornton assisted on Labanc’s first purpose of the playoffs on the 15:16 mark of the primary interval.