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Sport Hurricanes put Mrazek body outline on ice at practice after goalie was punched by Joe Thornton

19:10  07 december  2019
19:10  07 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Carolina Hurricanes put Petr Mrazek body outline on ice at practice after goalie was punched by Joe Thornton . Thursday night, there was an interesting exchange between San Jose center Joe Thornton and Petr Mrazek , in which the Hurricanes goalie dropped like a shot after one punch

Petr Mrazek takes exception to a poke from Joe Thornton , and after swinging his stick and approaching the San Jose Sharks' centerman, Thornton punches Mrazek in the face and sends him to the ice .

The Carolina Hurricanes are a fun bunch.

a group of hockey players on the field: Carolina Hurricanes' Jake Gardiner (51) and Ryan Dzingel (18) tussle with San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) and Timo Meier (28) of Switzerland after Thornton knocked Carolina goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) of the Czech Republic to the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Thornton and Mrazek were penalized on the play. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)© The Associated Press Carolina Hurricanes' Jake Gardiner (51) and Ryan Dzingel (18) tussle with San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) and Timo Meier (28) of Switzerland after Thornton knocked Carolina goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) of the Czech Republic to the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Thornton and Mrazek were penalized on the play. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)

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Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek went down like a shot after being punched by San Jose Sharks star Joe Thornton . The team had a fun response.

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Thursday night, there was an interesting exchange between San Jose center Joe Thornton and Petr Mrazek, in which the Hurricanes goalie dropped like a shot after one punch from the Sharks star. Mrazek got up after the ensuing scrum, stayed in the game and won 3-2 in a shootout.

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So how did the Hurricanes respond Friday at their Raleigh Center Ice practice facility?

With the equivalent of a chalk outline — nice.

Here's the on-ice exchange. It began when Thornton poked at a puck that was covered by Mrazek's glove and the goalie swung his stick at Thornton but missed. When he turned to confront the center, he was felled by a punch to the mask.

Sharks' Thornton knocks down Hurricanes goalie Mrazek with 1 punch

  Sharks' Thornton knocks down Hurricanes goalie Mrazek with 1 punch Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek challenged San Jose Sharks star Thornton, who had poked at a covered puck. Then he was down on the ice.He also gets into the occasional fight, including one in which he lost part of his beard.

Joe Thornton punches poor Petr Mrazek , he seems very hurt over the matter. Subscribe for more hockey breakdowns!

Thornton responded by swiftly punched Mrazek in the throat. The goaltender immediately collapsed to the ice and both teams got involved in a heated confrontation Thornton 's teammates were quick to defend him after the game and heaped the blame at Mrazek for coming at Thornton .

Mrazek told reporters that the punch helped motivate him.

"You feel like you're in the game and you want to make saves for the guys and get the win," he said.

No word on how he reacted to Friday's prank.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Carolina Hurricanes put Petr Mrazek body outline on ice at practice after goalie was punched by Joe Thornton

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