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)
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."
Rod PerryRod grew up in the west end of Toronto and did his undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in English and minoring in Psychology. He's always had an infatuation with anything sports-related and took his passion to Centennial College's sports journalism program for a post-graduate education. He's also still miffed about the Kelly Gruber botched triple play call in the 1992 World Series.