Sharks mum on Thornton's status for Game 5

Sharks mum on Thornton's status for Game 5
May 23, 2011, 1:24 am
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SAN JOSE -- Sharks captain Joe Thornton left the game with just under 11 minutes remaining following a crushing shoulder-to-shoulder hit from Raffi Torres.

Thornton was able to leave the ice under his own power, but later went to the San Jose dressing room and did not return. He was not made available to the media.

Aside from his departure, the most obvious sign that something was amiss was that Thornton grimaced as he hit the ice, then reached instinctively for his right shoulder with left glove.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said after the game that he did not have an update on Thornton's status for Game 5, Tuesday in Vancouver.

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"I can't right now," McLellan said when asked for an update. "We'll see once I get an update."

A Sharks team spokesman said an update would come Monday.

According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, Thornton is confident he will be able to play.

"100 percent," Thornton texted. "It's playoffs, got to play through everything."

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The contact occurred during a battle on the board between Thornton and Vancouver's Alexander Edler. Thornton had his head down, his gaze on the puck, when Torres unloaded, knocking "Jumbo Joe" to the ice.

Thornton remained on the ice for approximately 10 more seconds before departing.