The Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t even make it out of the first period on Thursday against the San Jose Sharks without losing a couple of players.
Nick Spaling played just a single shift before heading to the locker room. The team announced that he sustained an upper-body injury and won’t return to the game.
With Jonathan Bernier playing very poorly, Mike Babcock gave rookie Garret Sparks the start. He allowed two goals on 14 shots in the first period — both power play goals — before having to exit the game with a currently undisclosed injury.
Toronto hasn’t offered an update on Sparks yet, but he got up from the second goal and appeared to know right away that something was very wrong. Take a look below.
The team didn’t offer specific updates on either Spaling or Sparks after the game, but Mike Babcock said after the game that both injuries appear to be “long term.”
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