Maple Leafs’ Marner takes puck to face, returns with cage vs. Panthers

Watch as Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner is shaken up and heads straight to the locker room after taking a point shot from Florida Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk in the head area during the first period.

Toronto Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner briefly left Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers after taking a puck to the face but later returned wearing a cage.

Marner was struck by a shot from Panthers winger Matthew Tkachuk mid-way through the first period.

He skated off the ice on his own power but immediately went to the locker room. He returned for the start of the second period with the cage added to his helmet.

Marner is skating on a new line in this game, on the right side of a trio with Tyler Bertuzzi and John Tavares. The 26-year-old has 20 points in 19 games but has just three assists in seven games since Nov. 8.

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