Leafs’ Jake Gardiner leaves game against Blue Jackets with injury

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner left Wednesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a lower-body injury.

Gardiner exited the game with approximately nine minutes to play in the first after he played just six shifts over 5:44 of ice time.

After the game, head coach Mike Babcock told reporters that Gardiner had a muscle spasm in his leg and, “They wouldn’t let him come back.”

In 58 games this season, the 27-year-old has four goals and 31 assists with a plus-seven rating.


When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.