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Leafs’ Nylander misses Game 3 vs. Bruins


Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander did not return to the lineup on Wednesday and has missed all three games of the team’s first-round series against the Boston Bruins.

The Maple Leafs suffered a 4-2 loss in Game 3, now trailing their first-round series 2-1. It's unclear if Nylander will make his 2024 playoff debut on Saturday, when Toronto hosts Boston in Game 4. 

The 27-year-old  winger participated in the Leafs’ morning skate prior to Wednesday’s game and even took reps beside Calle Jarnkrok and Pontus Holmberg on the third line, however he also stayed out late at practice with the projected healthy scratches.

After the skate, head coach Sheldon Keefe left the possibility that Nylander could return to the lineup up in the air.

"There is a chance," Keefe said. "It depends on how he responds. We'll take it from there."

Nylander has now been absent for all three games of the opening round series with an undisclosed injury after skating in all 82 regular season games.

He posted 40 goals and 58 assists for the Leafs during the 2023-24 campaign.