In Thursday's 3-2 shootout win 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 slashed Thornton, the Sharks captain sent a punch straight to Mrazek's mask, sending the 27-year-old goalie down to the ice as both teams started to fight.
Although Mrazek was slow to get up, he led the Canes to victory with 26 saves on 28 shots while stopping all of San Jose's shootout attempts. Following the game, he told reporters after the game that he found the play to be a "cheap shot" by Thornton, but noted he's had worse.
Thornton, on the other hand, told Bay Area Sports that it was "just a hockey play. I think we were both just having fun and just, boys being boys. A little excitement."
Joe Thornton jabs at the puck after Petr Mrazek has it covered.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 6, 2019
Mrazek tries to take a whack at Thornton and misses.
Thornton... punches Mrazek square in the mask.
Chaos ensues. pic.twitter.com/4FDuUVfEBZ
Regardless of how it was perceived, he Hurricanes decided to have some fun with it on Friday. It remains unknown who did it, but someone spray painted onto the ice at RCI — Carolina's practice facility — a crime scene outline of Mrazek down on the ice behind his net.
"Revenge is coming," Mrazek laughed after seeing the outline at practice, via Hurricanes writer Michael Smith.
Head coach Rod Brind'Amour also got in on the fun.
"It's nice to just have a little fun ... we have a pretty tight-knit group. It's great to see that they can make fun of each other," Brind'Amour said, as per Smith. "That's really what it's all about."
According to The Athletic's Kevin Kurz, Thornton will not be facing discipline for the hit on Mrazek — at least not in the form of a suspension.