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Joe Thornton stumbles off ice

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We're hoping it's just a skate issue for Thornton.

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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.

He didn't return to the ice during the first period.

Here's the hit.

Friend of the blog Kevin Kurz reporting that Thornton's head hit the ice. Not good.