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Watch Sharks' Joe Thornton tussle with Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek

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The Sharks went into Carolina, and a heavyweight title bout broke out.

Or at least that's how it sounded after San Jose's Joe Thornton sent Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek flat on his back with a forearm shiver late in the second period Thursday night.

"And down goes Mrazek!"

Mrazek didn't take kindly to Thornton digging at the puck as the whistle was blown dead, and reacted by attempting to violently slash the Sharks forward. He missed, and, well, that was the insult before the injury. Thornton responded in kind, sending the netminder to the ice.

A closer look reveals that Mrazek can always take up acting if this goalie thing doesn't work out.

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You've heard of 'old man' strength? Yeah, Thornton's got it.

Respect your elders.