After taking a hit in the Kings' zone, Joe Thornton struggled to stand up and hobbled his way to the Sharks dressing room late in the first period. It appears to be a skate issue, though the trainer headed onto the ice to help him off and not the equipment manager.
UPDATE: Thornton is back in the game now, for better or for worse.
Joe Thornton after taking a hit in the corner. Kiiiiiinda scary. pic.twitter.com/V96USJUpND— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 23, 2015
He didn't return to the ice during the first period.
@HockeyBabbler he smiled/laughed at the linesman on his way off so i think it's just a skate issue— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 23, 2015
Here's the hit.
if Thornton did indeed get hurt, this is where it happened pic.twitter.com/xgncdKLvmL— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 23, 2015
Friend of the blog Kevin Kurz reporting that Thornton's head hit the ice. Not good.
Thornton’s head hit the ice hard after the check from Muzzin. That wasn’t a skate issue, and that did not look good at all #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) October 23, 2015