Joe Thornton will miss his first game with the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night, but fortunately the lower-body injury he suffered Saturday night against Vancouver isn't any more serious than to render the center as day-to-day.
Sharks coach Todd McLellan confirmed Sunday that Thornton will be out of the lineup for the game against the Colorado Avalanche. He had played in a team record 379 consecutive games and 398 overall dating back to his days in Boston.
"He’s pretty committed to playing and he wants to keep the streak alive, McLellan told the Sharks' Web site. "I think Joe is wired to play every game. What’s right for him is not to play."
Thornton went down with 4:37 left in the second period of a 4-2 win over the Canucks. Thornton, who leads the team in assists (66) and points (85), was hit by Alexander Edler near Vancouver's net. He went forward and his legs buckled. Then he fell to the ice.