In Thursday's 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, Carolina Hurricanes netminder Petr Mrazek found himself on the wrong side of an altercation with Joe Thornton. After Mrazek attacked Thornton, the Sharks captain sent a direct hit to Mrazek's mask, sending the 27-year-old goalie to the ice when both teams began fighting.
Although Mrazek was slow to get up, he led the Canes to victory with 26 saves in 28 shots while stopping all attempts at shooting in San Jose. Following the game, he told reporters after the game who considered that the play was a "cheap blow,quot; of Thornton, but said it had been worse.
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Thornton, on the other hand, said Bay Area Sports which was "just a hockey play. I think we were both having fun and the boys being boys. A little emotion."
Joe Thornton hits the disc after Petr Mrazek has it covered.
Mrazek tries to hit Thornton and fails.
Thornton … hit Mrazek's square in the mask. 😳
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Regardless of how it was perceived, hurricanes decided to have fun with him on Friday. It is still unknown who did it, but someone sprayed on the ice at RCI, the Carolina practice facility, an outline of the Mrazek crime scene on the ice behind his net.
"Revenge is coming," Mrazek laughed after seeing the scheme in practice, via writer Michael Smith of the Hurricanes.
Coach Rod Brind & # 39; Amour also got into the fun.
"It's nice to have a little fun … we have a very close group. It's great to see you can make fun of each other," said Brind & # 39; Amour. according to Smith. "That's what it's really about."
According to Kevin Kurz of AthleticThornton will not face discipline for the coup in Mrazek, at least not in the form of a suspension.