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Maple Leafs defeat Sharks in six-round shootout

05 January 2018

Fact: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton has one of the best beards in the National Hockey League.

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.

Kadri managed to rip a large chunk of hair out of Thornton's beard as they were tangled up during the fight.

Joe Thornton's pre-playoff beard delivered bad karma halfway through the regular season.

"I ended up with a piece of it in my hand", Kadri said. "I felt like I just grabbed him in the middle of his jersey and just came down with a handful of his hair".

Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, playing in his 100th game as a Leaf, stopped five of six Sharks in the shootout to overcome a giveaway in front of his net that led to Chris Tierney's game-tying goal in the second period. "They were great in the room (in the second intermission) and said right away to just forget about it and they would come to battle for me, which they did".

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"I thought we did lots of really good things", Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.

Dillon tied it with 52 seconds left in the first. "We're good with this team at picking up each other if someone makes a mistake".

Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak and a 10-game slid (0-8-2) against the Sharks. It was Kadri's first point since November 30.

Patrick Marleu evened the score with his old friends, winning the rematch against his former-team on home ice in a shootout.

"I had to stay patient", Kadri said.

The Maple Leafs opened the scoring with 1:23 left in the first the when Auston Matthews recorded his 18th of the season, redirecting a Connor Carrick point shot through Jones' five hole.

Maple Leafs defeat Sharks in six-round shootout