Thornton (suspension) has served his one-game ban and is eligible to play in Game 5 against Vegas on Thursday. Thornton was lucky to get off with just a one-game suspension after making contact with the head of Tomas Nosek. Prior to his ban, Jumbo Joe was riding a six-game point streak in which he racked up one goal and six helpers. The veteran figures to slot back into the third-line center role for Game 5.
Thornton received a one-game suspension and will not play Tuesday in Vegas, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports. Thornton drilled Tomas Nosek with an ugly check to the head in Game 3 and will have to face the consequences. He'll be eligible to return for Game 5 at home on Thursday.
Thornton will be subjected to a league hearing Monday for an Illegal Check to the head of Tomas Nosek in Sunday's Game 3 against Vegas. The hit occurred in the second period when Thornton appeared to blind-side check Nosek, and was only assessed a two-minute penalty for Illegal Check to the head. Thornton doesn't have a history of questionable hits or suspension, so that will certainly help his cause as to whether he gets handed a suspension or not. It wouldn't be surprising to see a suspension, given the league's intolerance of head hits, even if it occurred in the playoffs.
Thornton committed an illegal check to the head in the second period of Sunday's Game 3 loss to Las Vegas and could face a suspension, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports. Thornton for his part downplayed the hit, and Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant talked it up, naturally. Aside from the hit, Thornton had an assist but no shots on goal in 14:33 of ice time.
Thornton registered an assist and five shots on goal in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series. Thornton has eight assists over his last nine games, including Wednesday's performance, as he finished the regular season strong with 51 points in 73 appearances. Thornton will provide leadership and likely some depth scoring, both of which could be vital for the Sharks' chances at a deep playoff run. He's racked up 124 points in 161 playoff appearances in his career.
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