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Now The Leafs Must Win Without Jake Muzzin

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Let us first state the obvious here: there is nothing more important than Jake Muzzin’s health, which is why it’s tremendous news the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman was able to return to the team hotel from hospital after being stretchered off the ice Tuesday.

That tells us his condition is not as critical as it looked during the scary quiet 10 minutes it took to get him safely loaded on the stretcher late in a Game 2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

However, if Muzzin is to play again this season, the Leafs must now win two of the next three games without him in order to advance beyond their qualifying-round series.

And so the task gets tougher.

The team didn’t provide any specifics on the nature of Muzzin’s injury, but announced Wednesday that he would be unavailable for the balance of the best-of-five with Columbus. The defenceman fell awkwardly after being cross-checked in the back by Pierre-Luc Dubois and crashing head-first into Oliver Bjorkstrand.

He had to be taken from the NHL’s secure zone to be examined at hospital and was discharged overnight, returning to the Royal York to observe quarantine in his hotel room while recovering.

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