Toronto Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson left Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche with a leg injury and did not return.
Johnsson suffered the injury late in the second period when he blocked a shot from Avalanche defenseman Ryan Graves. The team announced he would not return to the game at the start of the third and final frame.
Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters after the game that the 25-year-old’s injury did not appear serious, but Johnsson was too sore to continue playing in the team’s 3-1 loss to Colorado.
If Johnsson sits for a longer time period, the Leafs will once again be relegated to playing at less than full health. Mitch Marner returned Wednesday after missing close to four weeks with a high-ankle sprain, leaving winger Trevor Moore the only remaining Toronto skater on injured reserve.
Toronto next plays Dec. 7 when it travels to face the St. Louis Blues. Should Johnsson’s injury prove minor, he gets three days of rest before taking to the ice again.
The Gavle, Sweden, native has six goals and 10 assists in 30 games played this season.