By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock has announced defenseman Roman Polák will miss the rest of the postseason. He was injured on Saturday night following a hit from Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik.
Polák was injured in a 4-3 double-overtime win against the Capitals in Game 2 of the First Round Eastern Conference playoff match-up at the Verizon Center on Saturday.
“He’s done for the year, so that’s unfortunate, obviously,” Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said. “Lower-body injury there. It’s one of those things. [Brooks] Orpik is a good man, he plays hard, he didn’t mean to hurt anybody; it’s just one of those things and it’s unfortunate for Polák.”
He was injured at 6:05 in the second period when he was hit by Orpik into the boards. After being hit, he could not put any weight on his leg — and he needed help from his teammates to leave the ice.
Without Polák, the Maple Leafs were forced to go with five defenseman to complete the game. Three of the defenseman played more than 35 minutes: Jake Gardiner (40:34), Morgan Rielly (39.56) and Matt Hunwick (35:46).
This is already the second defenseman injury, as Nikita Zaitsev is not playing in the series. He’s dealing with an upper-body injury that happened in the regular season finale.
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