Leafs Lose Nolan To Injury

Mar 28, 2004

NHL teams

Toronto's forward Owen Nolan had to be helped off the ice after injuring his right knee in the second period of a 2-2 tie between the Ottawa Senators and Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

"He hurt his knee," coach Pat Quinn said. "He was in a lot of pain and there was some swelling. The team doctors are going to wait for it to go down and take a look at him (Sunday)."

The Leafs might have lost one of their top players as the team is getting ready for the playoffs and is still fighting for the Northeast Division title. The Boston Bruins are three points ahead of Toronto for first place in the Northeast.

"It hurts to lose a guy of Owen's caliber," Toronto's Ron Francis said. "Hopefully, it's nothing serious, and we can hold the fort down until he gets back."

The Leafs are missing forwards Darcy Tucker (abdominal strain), Mikael Renberg (stomach muscle) and Wade Belak (suspended until the third game of the playoffs), and defenseman Ken Klee (shoulder). The team has had a completely healthy roster for only one game this season.

"We're prepared for it," Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe said. "It's happened in the past and we'll deal with it as it comes."

The Senators had their share of injuries as goalie Patrick Lalime left the game six minutes into the first period with a sore left knee after tripping into his own net.

"I just caught it and fell on it," said Lalime, who was limping badly. "It's day to day. I'll know more tomorrow."

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