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Leafs' Gustavsson to remain in Montreal hospital overnight

TSN.ca Staff

12/1/2009 11:11:08 PM

Maple Leafs' rookie goaltender Jonas Gustavsson will remain overnight in a Montreal hospital after leaving Tuesday's game against the Canadiens with an elevated heart rate.

A member of the Maple Leafs' staff will remain with the 25-year old netminder overnight and will accompany the man they call 'the Monster' back to Toronto on Wednesday.

"He had that same sensation that he had at training camp when his heart started to race, but it came down on its own in the room but we wanted to be cautious," Leafs' head coach Ron Wilson told reporters following the game.  "Obviously any situation with your heart could turn out to be serious.  But we don't expect it to be anything serious or long term."

Gustavssson, who underwent a procedure during the pre-season to deal with his elevated heart rate, was replaced in the Leafs' net by Joey MacDonald following the first intermission after he made eight saves in the opening frame.  The Leafs were leading 2-0 at the time of Gustavsson's departure. 

For Gustavsson's teammates it was a bit of a shock as no one knew exactly what was going on.

"I was in the training room and I saw him in there with some cold towels on his neck, trying to relax and settle down a little bit," said defenceman Mike Komisarek.  "He's a huge part of this team and hopefully he's alright and we'll have him back as soon as possible."

This was only the second time this season that the Swedish goaltender had played in back-to-back games.  The team return to action Thursday in Columbus with a date with the Blue Jackets.  It seems likely that MacDonald will get his first start since October 24th.