Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner exited his team’s Wednesday 5-2 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period following a hard fall into the boards in the second.
The play where Marner was injured occurred with 4:24 left in the frame after the rookie tried to take the puck off of Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner. Marner seemed to get tripped up on Jenner and went down before slamming into the boards.
He then played just three more shifts before deciding he was done for the night four minutes into the third. When asked about Marner’s status, coach Mike Babcock said, “I don’t know, we’ll figure that out later.”
Losing Marner for any time could harm Toronto’s playoff chances. The Maple Leafs are currently in the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot with 63 points, two ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Marner’s 48 points on the season leads all NHL rookies in scoring. Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine ranks second with 47 points and teammate Auston Matthews is third with 46.
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