An update on Leafs rookie Timothy Liljegren, who left Wednesday's game against the Ducks

Published January 28, 2022 at 11:37
BY MIKE ARMENTI
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Leafs Nation can breathe a collective sigh of relief as rookie defenseman Timothy Liljegren appears to have avoided injury after catching an inadvertent knee to the head on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old defender was on the ice for practice on Friday, less than 48 hours after being taken out of Wednesday's Ducks/Leafs game for precautionary reasons. Liljegren had attempted to fire a puck into the offensive zone while off-balance, causing him to fall to the ice and right into the path of Ducks rookie Trevor Zegras, who accidentally clipped the young Leaf in the face while skating by.


The incident was quite similar, though much less severe than what had happened to captain John Tavares during the Leafs' first round playoff matchup with the Montreal Canadiens, when an inadvertent Corey Perry knee sent Tavares off on a stretcher.


Thankfully, Liljegren was able to make it off the ice under his own power and with his presence at practice today, it appears as though he'll be fine and will not be forced to spend any time on the IR.


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