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Leafs' Clarkson, Gunnarsson suffer injuries vs. Rangers

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The Canadian Press
1/4/2014 8:43:58 PM
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TORONTO -- Injuries hit the Maple Leafs hard against the Rangers.

Winger David Clarkson and defenceman Carl Gunnarsson were each knocked out of Saturday night's game. Both were injured in the first period, and the team announced late in the second that neither would return.

Clarkson suffered an apparent left foot injury, which the team called only a lower-body injury. Gunnarsson left with an upper-body injury.

Clarkson blocked a shot from New York defenceman Michael Del Zotto midway through the first period. He hobbled to the bench and seemed to be in a lot of pain once there.

The 29-year-old, who has three goals and five assists this season, went to the bench shortly thereafter. Clarkson returned to the bench later and took one 21-second shift early in the second period before leaving again.

Minutes after Clarkson was injured, Gunnarsson took a hit from Carl Hagelin on his left shoulder, and the 27-year-old's right shoulder was rammed into the glass.

With Clarkson out, Jerry D'Amigo took his spot on Toronto's third line alongside Nikolai Kulemin and Jay McClement. With Gunnarsson out, Jake Gardiner filled in on the top defensive pairing alongside captain Dion Phaneuf.

Gunnarsson had a scare during pre-game warm-ups when a shot from Clarkson rang off the crossbar and deflected to hit him in the head. He did not leave the ice at the time.

David Clarkson (Photo: Graig Abel / Getty Images)

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(Photo: Graig Abel / Getty Images)
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