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A goal, a fight, a chunk of Joe Thornton's beard. "I'm playing with some great players who are looking for me to try to get me out of that slump", Kadri said. "I felt I pulled him in the middle of his jersey, and I came down with a hand full of hair".

Marleau almost scored his first goal against the Sharks when got a look into a gaping net from the doorstep at 7:36 of the second. But even though they scored twice and held San Jose's power play without a goal in three tries, the Leafs went into the third period in a 2-2 tie thanks to a mistake by their goaltender.

But everyone was talking about his fight with Thornton that started the night.

They were both thrown out of the faceoff, but things didn't end there. "By no means did I expect that".

"He asked me. He initiated", Kadri said.

"We stated talking and he initiated on going". Kadri grabbed Thornton's rather huge beard during the scrap.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks kicked off their match-up at the Air Canada Centre tonight with a bang, as centers Nazem Kadri and Joe Thornton dropped the gloves and exchanged punches right off the opening face-off.

"It was a good fight".

"We were trying to figure out what it was", Sharks forward Chris Tierney said.

Andersen and the Leafs showed resilience, especially on the penalty kill, against a Sharks team that ranks at or near the top of the National Hockey League on both sides of the special teams.

Toronto killed Mitch Marner's high-sticking penalty in the final 1:50 of overtime.

"I think energy is contagious", Babcock said. "Those are the bounces you wait for; that's what you've got to be patient for and positive about, because eventually those plays are going to happen". "That's something we've struggled with this year. We're good with this team at picking up each other if someone makes a mistake".