Sports Leafs' Muzzin out with broken facial bone; Andersen, Hyman, Thornton also injured
Maple Leafs rebound after embarrassing collapse, grind out 2-1 victory over Senators
TORONTO — Auston Matthews could sense his line was getting close. Joe Thornton had a goal waved off late in Wednesday's first period before another early in the second was also called back. Moments later, Matthews made sure Toronto's third shot to cross the line counted. The star centre blasted home his NHL-best 14th goal of the season, Alexander Kerfoot scored the winner, and the Maple Leafs rebounded from an embarrassing collapse 48 hours earlier against Ottawa, grinding out a 2-1 victory over the last-place Senators.
TORONTO — The injuries are piling up for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Head coach Sheldon Keefe said at Monday's practice that defenceman Jake Muzzin has suffered a broken facial bone and will be out an undetermined amount of time. Zach Hyman and Joe Thornton were also listed as out day-to-day with undisclosed injuries.
Then, just before the opening faceoff of the Maple Leafs' home game against the Calgary Flames, the team announced that starting goaltender Frederik Andersen would not play due to a lower-body injury.
Michael Hutchinson was given the start against Calgary in Andersen's place.
Leafs' Muzzin out with broken facial bone; Hyman, Thornton also injured
Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin has suffered a broken facial bone and will be out an undetermined amount of time. Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters on Monday that Muzzin is awaiting diagnosis, which will determine a timeline for his absence. He will wear a full face shield when he returns. Travis Dermott will move into the Leafs' defensive top-4 while Muzzin is out, Keefe said. Keefe also said forwards Zach Hyman and Joe Thornton are out day-to-day. Their injuries were not disclosed. Video: Week 5 roundup of the NHL's North Division (cbc.
Keefe said Muzzin is awaiting diagnosis, which will determine a timeline for his absence. He will wear a full face shield when he returns.
Travis Dermott will move into the Leafs' defensive top-4 while Muzzin is out, Keefe said.
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Muzzin has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 17 games this season and is averaging 21 minutes 28 seconds of ice time.
Thornton is out again after missing 10 games with a rib injury. He returned Feb. 15 and has seven points in four games this month.
Hyman has four goals and six assists in 18 games. He played in Toronto's 5-3 win over Montreal on Saturday after missing the Maple Leafs' previous game.
Andersen is 11-3-1 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
The Leafs were already without veteran forward Wayne Simmonds (broken wrist) and goaltender Jack Campbell (leg).
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 22, 2021.
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Maple Leafs forward Thornton back at practice, plans to play Monday against Senators .
Toronto forward Joe Thornton practised with the Maple Leafs on Sunday for the first time since suffering a fractured rib almost four weeks ago. The 41-year-old expects to return to the lineup Monday against the visiting Ottawa Senators. "It was unfortunate but I feel really good now," Thornton said. "I can't wait to play tomorrow." Thornton went on the long-term injured reserve list after he was hurt in a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 20. He had two points in five games for the Maple Leafs before missing the team's next 10 games. "I've got no restrictions," Thornton said. "So the hardest part is over, the rehab is pretty much over.