Maple Leafs lose more feistiness with Leo Komarov's Game 3 absence

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov will miss Game 3 on Monday against the visiting Boston Bruins (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET) because of a lower-body injury.

Fellow shift disturber Nazem Kadri was previously suspended for Games 2-4 vs. Bruins

Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov will miss Game 3 of their opening-round playoff series on Monday night against the visiting Boston Bruins with a lower-body injury. Head coach Mike Babcock is hopeful the gritty Komarov will return to the lineup for Game 4 Thursday. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/File)

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov will miss Game 3 on Monday against the visiting Boston Bruins (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET) because of a lower-body injury.

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said at the morning skate that the 31-year-old Finn is day-to-day and that he hopes to have him back for Game 4 on Thursday.

"He's going to skate tomorrow, and then will skate the following day and be a game-time decision [for Game 4]," said Babcock.

Centre Dominic Moore will take Komarov's spot in the lineup. Moore sat out the first two games of the series as a healthy scratch.

With Komarov out, Toronto is without much of its grit following fellow forward Nazem Kadri's three-game suspension for his hit against Tommy Wingels in the series opener.

Boston leads the first-round series 2-0, having outscored Toronto 12-4 in two games at TD Garden.

Komarov was originally hurt in Saturday's Game 2 in Boston.

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