May 9, 2013
Maple Leafs' Mark Fraser hospitalized after taking puck to head
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mark Fraser walked out of the Air Canada Centre under his own power, but he likely won’t be coming back in this series.
Fraser crumpled to the ice when a Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic shot caught him in the forehead in the second period. He was led off the ice, leaving a pool of blood deep enough for the maintenance crew to have to scrape it off.
Between the third period and overtime, Fraser was in a track suit, head wrapped in bandages, heading to the garage for a trip to the hospital.
“He’s gone for a CT scan,” coach Randy Carlyle said.
“They are going to check for any broken bones in the forehead area. Obviously, he’s going to need some stitches. There’s a plastic surgeon here to do that.”
Defensive partner Cody Franson was shaken by the play, but knows Franson’s pain tolerance very well.
“He’s a tough man,” Franson said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he tries to get back for the next game.”