Sunday January 4th, 2015

The San Jose Sharks have placed center Joe Thornton on injured reserve due to an upper-body injury, the team announced Sunday.

Thornton sustained the injury in the Sharks' game against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday on a hit by the Ducks' Clayton Stoner.

He was forced to miss San Jose's game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Thornton's first missed game since November 2010. He had played in 319 consecutive games.

Thornton will miss at least the Sharks' next two games, against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday and the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

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The 35-year-old has nine goals and 24 assists this season for 33 total points, tied for the team lead with Joe Pavelski. He's in his 10th season with San Jose.

Earlier this year, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester saw his ironman streak of 737 consecutive games played, the longest active streak in professional sports, come to an end.

The Sharks also on Sunday assigned forward Micheal Haley to AHL affiliate Worcester.

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San Jose is 20-14-5 this season and tied for fourth place in the Pacific Division.

Ben Estes

 

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