Sharks scratch Joe Thornton, start Logan Couture in Game 1

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

The San Jose Sharks welcomed back forward Logan Couturebut were without Joe Thornton in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers.

Both Couture and Thornton had been game-time decisions, but only Thornton was scratched.

For Couture, it was his first game since losing multiple teeth after being hit in the face by a puck in a March 25 game.

Thornton is nursing a lower-body injury that he suffered in a game on April 2, when he became tangled with theVancouver Canucks'Michael Chaput.