TORONTO — Mitchell Marner did not travel with the Toronto Maple Leafs for their game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday after injuring his ankle in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Coach Mike Babcock said before the game in Chicago that Marner had an MRI but that he had no further update.
Marner fell awkwardly off the opening face-off of the second period after getting tangled up with Flyers forward Carsen Twarynski. After trying to skate, Marner slid across the ice on his knees before his teammates helped him into the bench.
He played one more shift but again fell, this time on his own, before leaving at 1:57 to go to the locker room.
“It obviously hurts when you see something like that,” Toronto defenseman Travis Dermott said after the 3-2 shootout loss. “But I think it was pretty cool seeing the guys going over trying to help him. I think that’s a little positive you can take. You can see how close we are. And he tried to grit it through. Good for him. Because it looked like it hurt a little bit. He tried to tough it out. Lots of respect to him, and hopefully he’s fine. He’s a massive part of this club.”
Marner returned to the ice during a TV timeout with 9:34 left in the second to test his ankle, but he went back to the locker room without playing a shift.
“Obviously, it’s not something we want to happen,” Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said. “Mitch is a big part of our team. He plays a very significant role and makes great plays. Not ideal, but I thought the group responded well and had every opportunity to win it. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious and he’s back as soon as he can.”
Toronto trailed 2-0 when Marner left the game but tied it with goals by Dermott in the second and William Nylander in the third.
Babcock did not announce the recall of a forward prior to the game against the Blackhawks (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS, NBCSCH, NHL.TV). Jason Spezza, who was a healthy scratch against the Flyers, is the only available forward on the roster.
Marner is second on the Maple Leafs with 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 18 games.