Joe Thornton's absence from the ice could be an extended one.

According to general manager Doug Wilson, the Sharks star is expected to miss several weeks after sustaining a right leg injury in Tuesday's loss to the Jets.

Thornton exited the game with 40 seconds remaining in the third period after teammate Mikkel Boedker fell on his right leg and he immediately went to the locker room.

It was later revealed that he suffered damage to his right MCL and is set to undergo an MRI to determine if surgery is necessary, per a report from Paul Gackle of Bay Area News Group. He previously underwent surgery to repair damage to his left ACL/ MCL last year.

Thornton, 38, has 13 goals and 23 assists in 47 games this season. The 20-year NHL veteran ranks second among active players in career points with 1,427, trailing only ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr (1,921).