Sharks’ Thornton, Couture discuss Paul Kariya’s concussions

SAN JOSE — Joe Thornton and Logan Couture are the new poster-childs of hockey toughness.

Thornton played in four Stanley Cup playoff games last spring with ACL and MCL tears in his left knee. Couture suited up for the Sharks entire series against the Edmonton Oilers even though his mouth was being held together by wires and plastic, the result of taking a puck to the mouth just two-and-a-half weeks earlier, which made it excruciatingly painful just to eat, talk and breathe.

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