Thornton leaves Sharks’ game against Canucks with leg injury

San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton watches play during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton left Sunday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks with an apparent injury to his left leg.

Thornton ran into Canucks forward Michael Chaput from behind along the boards with just over three minutes to go in the first period before crumpling to the ice. He managed to get to the San Jose bench on his own, but couldn’t put any weight on his left leg and had to be helped to the locker-room.

The 37-year-old has seven goals and 43 assists in 78 games this season for San Jose, which is in a battle for playoff positioning in the Pacific Division.

Thornton has 1,391 career points, tied with Brett Hull for 22nd place all-time.