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Sharks center Thornton leaves game with injury

by Curtis Zupke /

ANAHEIM -- San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton left the game Wednesday at Honda Center after he was hit by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner.

Stoner hit Thornton at center ice, near the San Jose bench. Thornton went to the Sharks dressing room at 11:25 of the first period and did not return to the game.

Coach Todd McLellan said Thornton wasn't seriously injured.

"[Thornton's] fine," McLellan said. "He'll be OK. … We've got a couple of days before we play again. I know [Thornton] pretty well. He won't be out very long."

Thornton's 33 points lead the Sharks. He had an assist on Joe Pavelski's goal at 4:33 of the first before the Stoner hit.

San Jose defeated Anaheim 3-0 to end a two-game skid.

Thornton has played in all 38 Sharks games this season.

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