Barrie’s ankle X-rays negative, but availability for Leafs next week unknown

Toronto Maple Leafs' Tyson Barrie is in some pain after blocking a shot from Gaetan Haas of the Edmonton Oilers, he would head down the tunnel.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tyson Barrie was forced out of Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers with an ankle injury.

After the game, the team announced that Barrie’s X-ray results were negative. As of now, his status for next week is unknown.

Barrie blocked a shot midway through the first period and immediately went to the dressing room.

Upon testing how his ankle felt shortly after during a TV timeout, and then testing it against after the first intermission, Barrie went back to the room and did not return to the bench.

With the 28-year-old out, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe opted to pair Barrie’s blueline partner, Morgan Rielly, with Travis Dermott.

Barrie’s absence, after just 2:52 of ice time, left the Maple Leafs with only five defencemen in Saturday’s game. In 33 games with the Maple Leafs this season, Barrie has scored three goals and added 10 assists.

The Maple Leafs return to action on Tuesday, when they host the Buffalo Sabres.

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