Thornton notched an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Canadiens.
Thornton helped out on a Mitch Marner tally at 17:21 of the first period. The 41-year-old Thornton has done reasonably well in 41 games this season with five tallies and 14 helpers. The playmaking forward doesn't add much outside of point production (31 hits, 37 shots on net, plus-6 rating) but he's held value on the ice for the Maple Leafs in a variety of roles.
Thornton scored a goal Saturday in a 4-1 win over Winnipeg.
Thornton (41 years and 296 days) became the oldest Maple Leafs player to score a goal, passing Allan Stanley (41 years and 252 days), who scored back in 1967. It was an aggressive wraparound in the first period that beat Connor Hellebuyck and inspired teammates. "[Thornton] kind of brought that fire tonight," goalie Jack Campbell said. "He wants to win so bad, and when you see a guy like Joe [giving an effort] like that, it just makes you want to do your job even more." Jumbo Joe has a point in two straight games after going 17 games without. He may offer short-term fantasy help if the fire in his belly continues to burn hot.
Thornton was held off the score sheet Saturday in a 6-5 win over the Senators. His point drought now stands at 12 games.
He has one assist in his last 17 games. Jumbo did see 1:05 on the power play Saturday, but at even strength his lack of speed really shows, especially against a buzzsaw team like the young Sens. Thornton isn't worth a roster spot at this point given the depth of the Leafs. He's toiling way down the lineup.
Thornton has three assists in nine games since his return from injury.
His ice time has swung from 11:57 to 17:01, but he hasn't found twine since Feb. 18. Thornton also hasn't been able to recapture the heat he showed before he went into the infirmary -- he was on a four-game, seven-point streak. Thornton still has talent, but right now, you need to find a more productive replacement until he fires up his offense again.
Thornton (lower body) will play in Saturday's game versus the Oilers, Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com reports.
Thornton is ready to return after two games on the shelf. The 41-year-old has been outstanding on Auston Matthews' left wing this year, recording nine points in as many games. However, Matthews will sit out Saturday with a wrist injury. Thornton could still flank John Tavares, so his fantasy upside is decent for Saturday's contest.
Thornton (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Saturday night's matchup with Edmonton, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Thornton was a full participant at Friday's practice, so he's likely closer to probable than questionable for Saturday's contest. The veteran forward, who's picked up nine points in nine games this campaign, has missed Toronto's last two contests with a lower-body injury.
Thornton (lower body) remains unavailable Wednesday against the Flames, Wes Gilbertson of Postmedia reports.
The same is true for goaltender Frederik Andersen (lower body) and defenseman Jake Muzzin (face), so Toronto will be shorthanded up front, on the blue line and in net. Thornton will hope to heal up by Saturday's game against the Oilers and try to extend the four-game point streak he had built up before getting hurt.
Thornton is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
The good news is Thornton's latest injury isn't related to the rib issue that forced him to miss extended time earlier this season, but his status for Wednesday's game versus Calgary nonetheless remains up in the air. The 41-year-old forward has racked up nine points through nine games this year.
Thornton (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Monday's game versus the Flames, David Alter of The Hockey News reports.
Thornton has been electric since returning from a broken rib Feb. 15, recording two goals and five assists across seven games. It's uncertain if Thornton's absence is related to his prior rib injury. Nevertheless, the 41-year-old will aim to return to the lineup in Wednesday's rematch against the Flames.
Thornton provided a power-play assist in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Canadiens.
Thornton set up Travis Boyd for the tally just 1:20 into the second period. In four games since returning from a rib injury, Thornton has two goals and five helpers. The veteran forward is in quite the groove while still seeing decent playing time -- he's averaged over 15 minutes per game this year. Thornton has three goals, six helpers, 11 shots on net and a plus-4 rating in nine contests.
Thornton scored and dished two assists in a 7-3 win over Ottawa on Thursday.
Thornton has six points (two goals, four assists) in three games since his return from injury. The guy is on fire -- he had two goals disallowed Wednesday night, too. Jumbo has real chemistry with Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews, even though he's a tortoise in comparison to their hare-like speed. Make sure Thornton is back in your lineup -- he's on his way to his best production in a half-decade.
Thornton scored a goal and an assist in Monday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Senators.
Seeing his first action in almost a month after suffering a rib injury against the Oilers on Jan. 20, the 41-year-old wasted little time in making an impact, helping to set up Auston Matthews for the game's opening goal less than seven minutes into the first period. He then got credit for a greasy tally of his own in the second, as the puck wound up caroming past Marcus Hogberg off Thornton's skate as he crashed the Ottawa net. The performance doubled his goal and point totals on the season, but with a spot on the Leafs' top line alongside Matthews and Mitch Marner, Thornton could quickly boost those numbers now that he's healthy.
Thornton (ribs) was activated from long-term injured reserve and will play in Monday's game versus the Senators, per the NHL's official media site.
Thornton will return to the lineup for the first time since fracturing his ribs in a loss to Edmonton on Jan. 20. The 41-year-old is expected to skate on the first line alongside Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. He could handle power-play time as well. Thornton posted two points through the first five games this year.
Thornton (ribs) will be in action versus Ottawa on Monday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Thornton is set to return from a 10-game absence due to his fractured rib but will need to be officially activated off injured reserve prior to puck drop. The 41-year-old veteran is poised to slot into a top-six role, which will have him playing with some of the Leafs' young stars.
Thornton (ribs) practiced in a regular jersey Sunday, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Thornton is eligible to come off long-term injured reserve for Monday's game against the Senators, as he's missed the requisite number of games after suffering broken ribs Jan. 20. The 41-year-old appears to have overcome the initial recovery timeline of at least one month. Prior to his injury, Thornton skated on the first line next to Auston Matthews and provided a goal and an assist.
Thornton will be sidelined for at least a month with a rib fracture, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Considering he's expected to be sidelined until late February, it's safe to assume Thornton will be placed on injured reserve in the coming days. Ilya MIkheyev is expected to get the first crack at replacing Jumbo in the Maple Leafs' top six.
Thornton (upper body) will miss at least Friday's clash with Edmonton, David Alter of The Hockey News reports. Additionally, the veteran is expected to undergo an MRI on Thursday, per Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic.
At this point, it seems clear the team is expecting Thornton to miss a significant chunk of time but won't know the extent of the injury until after Thursday's test results. In the meantime, Jimmy Vesey will get first crack at the top line with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, though Ilya Mikheyev could also be a candidate in the future.
Coach Sheldon Keefe said following Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Oilers that Thornton (undisclosed) is expected to miss time, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports.
Thornton was forced to leave the game after he was bumped into the boards awkwardly in the second period. Keefe said that Thornton is expected to undergo x-rays or an MRI, so it's likely that more specifics off the injury will come to light in the coming days. With the veteran sidelined, Adam Brooks and Pierre Engvall would be the likely candidates to move into the lineup, and the team will likely bring in reinforcements in the form of the minors or the taxi squad soon.
Thornton exited in the third period of Wednesday's game against the Oilers with an upper-body injury, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Thornton went to the locker room after taking a hit from Oilers forward Josh Archibald. Prior to his departure, the 41-year-old logged 13:25 of ice time and fired one shot on net. His next chance to play is in Friday's rematch against the Oilers.
Thornton scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Ottawa. It was his first goal in a Toronto uniform.
And with that, Jumbo became the second-oldest Leafs player to score a goal -- he's 41 years and 198 days old. If he scores after March 12, then he gets that crown. And a fun note -- Thornton scored his first career NHL goal before anyone on the Sens' top line was born. His game has never been built on speed and that's the basis of today's NHL. But Jumbo showed he's still got great hands and is going to deliver remarkably solid fantasy production in blue and white.
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