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TORONTO – Sharks captain Joe Thornton is still sporting a significantly swollen right eye, but was on the ice at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday morning and will play against the Maple Leafs.
Thornton, who took a deflected puck to the face on Saturday against Anaheim that required stitches, said he was experiencing some problems on Monday. He left the ice briefly in the first period, but played most of the 4-3 shootout win over the Ducks.
“It feels fine. [Monday], I still had some problems seeing, but today it feels back to 100 percent,” he said.
Thornton, who leads the Sharks in scoring with 29 points (4g, 25a), was not wearing a visor for the morning skate. That could change for the game.
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“I might wear it tonight,” he said. “We’ll see how the game goes. It feels fine and doesn’t hurt or anything, so we’ll see how it goes tonight.”
“I probably could wear one, it’s just my preference. If I don’t feel comfortable, I’ll just throw one on, easy as that.”
Todd McLellan will let others make that call.
“I’m taking [Thornton’s] word and the trainer’s word that he can see,” said the head coach.