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Minus Bozak, Maple Leafs aim to snap five-game skid vs. Stars

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12/5/2013 12:15:14 PM
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(SportsNetwork.com) - With injuries and losses mounting, the Toronto Maple Leafs get set to host the Dallas Stars Thursday night at the ACC.

The latest Leaf to go down is centre Tyler Bozak who, according to head coach Randy Carlyle, will be out for an "extended period of time" with an oblique strain.

Despite not participating in the morning skate, Phil Kessel is expected to be in the lineup.

Joffrey Lupul -- out with a groin injury -- has also been ruled out, but said he could return Saturday night versus the Senators.

The Maple Leafs are 0-3-2 over their last five games, a skid that was extended on Tuesday with a 4-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Mason Raymond and Phil Kessel scored power-play goals, while James Reimer yielded three goals on 40 shots.

Along with Bozak and Kessel, Colton Orr skipped the team's morning skate and has been ruled out with an elbow injury. Jonathan Bernier was also absent from the optional skate, suggesting that he will be the starter.

Forward Jerry D'Amigo has been recalled from the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies and was on the ice with the team for the skate. He will likely take the place of Jerred Smithson, who was placed on waivers on Wednesday.

Toronto has not won since Nov. 23 and has given up at least four goals in all but one game during its losing streak.

"We've got to find ways to keep the other team off the scoreboard a little better," said Reimer. "We battled back and tied it, but then they got the lead right back. It was a good game, but we're disappointed that we lost."

Kessel's goal was his team-leading 15th of the season and 200th of his career. He is also tops on the club with 25 points, but was forced to leave practice early on Wednesday due to an undisclosed injury.

The Stars have a point in four straight, going 2-0-2 in that span. They followed up consecutive shootout losses with Tuesday's 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Dallas won despite blowing a 3-0 lead and getting outshot 50-18. Kari Lehtonen made 47 saves and Antoine Roussel scored the winner on a penalty shot at 3:01 of the third period.

"We got some lucky goals and some good bounces," said Roussel. "They played hard tonight, but we were able to get the two points."

Alex Chiasson, Valeri Nichushkin and Erik Cole all scored for the Stars, who registered a season low for shots in a game and a season high for shots allowed in a game.

Forward Ryan Garbutt sat out the third period with a lower-body injury and is questionable for tonight along with Tyler Seguin, who has missed the past two with concussion-like symptoms. Seguin leads Dallas with 12 goals on the season.

The Stars had won four straight over the Maple Leafs before losing the past two meetings. That includes a 4-1 setback in Toronto on Nov. 22, 2010 and a 4-3 shootout defeat in Dallas in the most recent matchup on Nov. 25, 2011.

Lehtonen is 2-6-1 with a 2.97 goals against average in his career versus Toronto, spanning nine games and eight starts.

Jonathan Bernier is 2-2-1 against versus the Stars in five games with a 2.18 GAA.

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