No updates on Joe Thornton’s injured left leg were provided by the Sharks on Monday.
Thornton was scheduled to be re-examined in San Jose on Monday after leaving Sunday’s game late in the first period at Vancouver. Thornton had difficulty skating off the ice, and he needed assistance from the bench to the locker room after colliding with Vancouver forward Michael Chaput along the boards in the Canucks’ end.
The 37-year-old alternate captain has been remarkably durable during his time with the Sharks. Thornton has missed only nine out of a possible 923 games since being acquired from Boston in late November 2005.
Thornton was appearing in his 201st straight game Sunday. Recently having become the 13th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career assists, Thornton has seven goals and 50 points this season.
Thornton joins fellow center Logan Couture on the sideline. Couture has missed four games since needing significant dental work to repair damage done by taking a redirected puck to the mouth March 25 at Nashville.
There is no update on Couture’s return as the Sharks open a season-ending three-game homestand Tuesday before the Stanley Cup playoffs next week.
Ross McKeon is a freelance writer. Twitter: @rossmckeon