Maple Leafs defencemen Benn, Dahlstrom suffer injuries against Canadiens

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Erik Kallgren (50) looks on as teammate Carl Dahlstrom (48) and Winnipeg Jets centre Mason Appleton (22) vie for control of the puck beside the crease during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto, Thursday, March 31, 2022. (Frank Gunn/CP)

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jordie Benn left Wednesday’s pre-season game against the Montreal Canadiens with a groin injury and will need further evaluation.

Benn went to the locker room in the first period and did not return. The 35-year-old was on the top defensive pairing with Morgan Rielly.

Toronto also lost defenceman Carl Dahlstrom with a shoulder injury. The 27-year-old took Benn’s spot on the top pairing with Morgan Rielly before leaving the game.

With both defencemen gone, forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Alexander Kerfoot took shifts on the blue line.

Toronto’s defence corps was already without Timothy Liljegren to the start of training camp because of hernia surgery and Rasmus Sandin, who is in a contract holdout.

Benn joined the Leafs on a one-year, $750,000 contract back in July.

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