It’s the last thing the Sharks needed.
Last night, against the Vancouver Canucks, Joe Thornton suffered what appears to be a serious leg injury. He was clearly in distress after a collision with Chaput where it appears his knee made contact with the side of Chaput’s leg. Thornton needed help to get to the dressing room and it was announced after 40 minutes that he would not return.
The club offered no concrete update after its 3-1 win.
“We’ll get home and he’ll get checked out (Monday),” head coach Peter DeBoer said, according to NHL.com’s Kevin Woodley. “Hopefully, he’s only out short term here, but I think we’re confident as a group. We’re a team that’s a sum of our parts, not about one or two guys. If anyone can handle it, we can.”
Needless to say, losing Thornton for any length of time beyond the close of the regular season would be a devastating blow to their hopes of returning to the Stanley Cup finals.
Joe Thornton is currently fourth on the team in scoring with 50 points.
— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) April 2, 2017