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Blues' Backes tugs on beard of Sharks' Thornton

St. Louis captain gets fistful of legendary facial hair

by NHL.com @NHL / NHL.com

Backes' beard tug on Thornton

SJS@STL, Gm1: Backes and Thornton exchange beard tugs

WCF, Gm1: David Backes tugs on Joe Thornton's beard as the two cross paths during a line change late in the 1st period

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St. Louis Blues captain David Backes is known as a player you hate to play against, and he gave that title new meaning for San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday.

With a little less than a minute left in the first period, and the Sharks on a power play, Backes and Thornton got tangled up on the boards near the Blues bench. The two exchanged words before Backes thought it was necessary to check out Thornton's impressive beard, tugging on the long, bushy, gray patch of hair to make sure it was real and not just a prop used during the filming of "Lord of the Rings."

Thornton responded by trying to hold on to what Backes apparently thinks is a Stanley Cup Playoff beard but came up relatively empty-handed before the refs had to separate the two veterans.

The Sharks know how alluring Thornton's facial hair can be.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: A beard so beautiful you can't not touch it. #NHL17Pavelski #SJSharks https://t.co/kuNaPv8JtW

The Blues called Thornton out for apparently breaking the sacred rules of the playoff beard.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: Playoff beards shouldn���t count if you start in September. #NHL17Tarasenko #NHL17Tarasenko #NHL17Tarasenko pic.twitter.com/G6Gb8myAu3

We'll have to give Round 1 of the battle of the beards to Mr. Thornton.

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