Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek thought it would be a good idea to take a swing at Sharks center Joe Thornton with his stick.  This came after Thornton poked Mrazek with his stick.

The two then had a brief discussion about things before the 40-year-old Thornton punched Mrazek in the throat. 

The throat punch dropped the Hurricanes goalie and he needed medical attention before play resumed.

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