Leafs' Joe Thornton scores first goal away from Sharks since 2005

Marcus White
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Thank You Joe Thornton: Jumbo's greatest moments with the Sharks

Third game's a charm for ex-Shark Jumbo to score with new team originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

If seeing Joe Thornton wear a uniform other than the Sharks' remains weird, how would you feel watching him score?

Thornton, 41, scored his first goal (and point) with the Toronto Maple Leafs in their 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Playing with the much younger Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, both 23, Thornton scored off a first-period rush thanks in part to his linemates' speed.

Scoring in his third game with Toronto, Thornton became the second-oldest player to score a goal for the Maple Leafs. His goal Saturday was the first he scored for a team other than the Sharks since Nov. 19, 2005, when Thornton scored for the Boston Bruins against the Buffalo Sabres. Boston traded Thornton to San Jose just 11 days later.

Thornton later picked up a secondary assist on Matthews' power-play goal, which ultimately held up as the game-winner.

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The third game was the charm for Thornton, Matthews and Marner to find the back of the net together. Through three games, the trio now has posted a 72.88 percent 5-on-5 corsi-for percentage and a 75.38 percent expected goals-for percentage, according to Natural Stat Trick.

Thornton's goal Saturday could be the first of many in blue and white, but it'll be no less strange for Sharks fans to seem him in any color other than teal.