Maple Leafs’ Zach Hyman leaves game vs. Sabres with bone bruise

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Toronto Maple Leafs' Zach Hyman, left, turns around the net in a 2017 game against the Buffalo Sabres. (Jon Blacker/CP)

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman was forced to leave Friday’s pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres with what the team is calling a bone bruise.

Hyman was injured in the second period after taking a cross-check to the hip. He eventually headed to the Maple Leafs locker room and did not return in the third period of what ended up being a 5-3 Maple Leafs win.

It wasn’t immediately clear the severity of Hyman’s bone bruise nor how long it might keep him out of the lineup, but head coach Mike Babcock told reporters following the game that Hyman is only expected to miss a few days.

Hyman has been playing on a line with John Tavares and Mitch Marner throughout training camp and the pre-season. Winger Josh Leivo filled in for Hyman on that line while he was being assessed by team medical staff.

Since 2016, Hyman has become known as somewhat of an ironman for the Maple Leafs. The 26-year-old has played in all of Toronto’s 164 regular-season and 13 post-season games over the past two years. Connor Brown and Jake Gardiner are the only other members of the Maple Leafs to have done that.

Hyman is coming off a career year in which he registered 15 goals and 25 assists while adding four points in seven playoffs games.

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