DeBoer hopeful Joe Thornton is ‘only out short-term here’ after injury vs. Canucks

San Jose Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer didn’t have an update on the status of Joe Thornton following Sunday’s win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Thornton was injured on a collision with Michael Chaput in the first period and didn’t return. The way he exited the ice — hobbling to the bench favoring his left knee and then struggling down the tunnel to the dressing room — was particularly concerning.

At the age of 37, Thornton had been enjoying a 50-point season with the Sharks, who are once again in the race for top spot in the Pacific Division, having already clinched a playoff berth.

“You can’t roll over and just quit,” said DeBoer.

“It’s a great challenge for us. Hopefully he’s only out short-term here. I think we’re confident as a group that we’re a team that’s a sum of our parts, not about one or two guys anyway. I think if anyone can handle it, we can.”

DeBoer said Thornton will be reassessed Monday.

The Sharks also played this game without Logan Couture, who suffered a gruesome injury after being hit in the face with a puck versus Nashville last weekend. (The latest update on Couture from a few days ago was a report that he can speak and eat.)

The win puts the Sharks, at least temporarily, within two points of Anaheim and Edmonton for first in the Pacific.

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