Maple Leafs’ Hyman out at least two weeks with sprained MCL

Vancouver Canucks centre Adam Gaudette (96) battles with Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Zach Hyman (11) during second period NHL action in Vancouver, Thursday, March 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman will be out at least two weeks due to a sprained MCL, head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters Monday.

Hyman suffered the injury during a knee-on-knee collision with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler on Sunday night.

The incident, for which Edler received a two-game suspension, occurred at 10:08 of the second period during Sunday’s game between the Canucks and Maple Leafs. After forcing a turnover near centre ice, Hyman carried the puck toward the Canucks’ zone. Edler skated forward to challenge Hyman and, when Hyman made a move to evade the hit, Edler stuck his right leg out resulting in a direct knee-on-knee collision between the players.

Hyman hobbled the dressing room and didn’t return for the final 30 minutes of the game, which the Canucks won 3-2 in overtime.

Hyman previously had surgery on his right knee, the same one Edler made contact with, to repair a torn ACL following the 2019 playoffs.

Returning in two weeks would see Hyman back in the Maple Leafs’ lineup with at most five games remaining in the regular season.

In 43 games this season, Hyman has scored 15 goals and picked up 18 assists.

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