In addition to being trounced by the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs lost one of their top scorers as Tyler Bozak exited Saturday’s 6-1 loss with a head injury.
While skating up the ice, Bozak took an elbow to the head from Mika Zibanejad in the neutral zone 11 minutes into the first period and fell to the ice. He managed to rise to his feet quickly and attempted to confront the Senators forward but was kept away by a referee before heading to the locker room for the remainder of the game.
Bozak took six shifts in the contest, winning three of his six faceoffs and registering a minus-1 rating in 2 minutes, 54 seconds of ice time. The 29-year-old center leads the Maple Leafs with 21 assists and is second to Leo Komarov (33) with 31 points.
Zibanejad, remained in the game, receiving only a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head, but could face disciplinary action from the league in the coming days.
Undrafted, Bozak signed with Toronto as a free agent in April 2009 after spending two seasons at the University of Denver. He made his NHL debut in 2009-10, recording eight goals and 19 assists in 37 games.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Bozak notched a career-high 49 points over 58 games in 2013-14 and matched that total in 82 contests the following season thanks in part to a personal-best 23 goals. A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, he has collected 105 tallies and 158 assists in 425 regular-season games while scoring a goal and setting up another in five playoff contests.