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NHLDid You See That? Joffrey Lupul leaves after being sandwiched

Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 | 08:30 PM

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul, left, sits on the bench as a trainer attends to him after taking a hit from the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period in Toronto on Thursday. (Mark Blinch/Reuters) Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul, left, sits on the bench as a trainer attends to him after taking a hit from the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period in Toronto on Thursday. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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Joffrey Lupul returned recently from a lengthy absence due to injury, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping a big hit doesn't force him out of the lineup again after being sandwiched by two Philadelphia Flyers forwards on Thursday night.
Joffrey Lupul returned recently from a lengthy absence due to injury, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping a big hit doesn't force him out of the lineup again. 

The forward, who has already missed almost two months of action this season with a fractured forearm, was forced to leave Toronto's 5-3 loss Thursday to the Philadelphia Flyers  after being sandwiched with what the Leafs announced on Twitter was an upper-body injury. 

With 12:30 to go in the first period, the 29-year-old native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., went in to play the puck in his own zone. He was greeted by Flyers forwards Jay Rosehill and Adam Hall, who sandwiched him with a questionable and jarring hit that knocked his head back. No penalty was called on the play.

Lupul was slow to get back up to his feet and made his way to the bench and did not return to the contest, but head coach Randy Carlyle told reporters after the game he is "50-50 to practice Friday."

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The six-foot-one, 206-pound winger was suspended two games already this season for a hit on Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman, and he wasn't sure why a similar hit by New York Rangers forward Rick Nash went unpunished. 

Lupul has been on fire since his return, scoring eight goals and five assists in his last six games.

Was this a clean hit? Should there be a suspension handed out or should it go unpunished? What do you think? Vote below or let us know in the comments section.



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