Bad break for Leafs

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Ian White was called up from the Toronto Marlies last night.

Given the Maple Leafs bad luck with defencemen of late, he'll probably trip at the airport gate and dislocate a shoulder when he joins the team today in New Jersey for the game against the Devils.

Truth be told, the Leafs are mowing through defencemen at a record pace.

Entering play last night, Carlo Colaiacovo, Andy Wozniewski, Jay Harrison and Staffan Kronwall already were on the shelf.

Now add Brendan Bell's name to the list. He was hurt for the Marlies last night with what is believed to be a tendon injury.

Meanwhile, here in Montreal, the Leafs likely lost defenceman Alexander Khavanov for the remainder of the season with a broken bone in his right leg.

Khavanov dropped in a heap when hit by a Sheldon Souray shot in the second period of Toronto's 6-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

It was a cruel blow for the veteran defenceman, who entered the game leading the team in blocked shots.

"It's frustrating,"said Khavanov, who left the area on crutches with his leg in a cast. "This is the time of year where everything is on the line.

"It's tough not being able to help my teammates."

Khavanov suffered a fractured foot during a game against the Minnesota Wild back in January.

Now this.

"It has been that type of season for us," Khavanov said. "We've had a lot of bad luck. It's hard. These are when the games mean something. You want to be there for the guys."

White will replace Khavanov in the lineup.

If he can make it to the rink unscathed, that is.

"Sometimes these things come in bunches," Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "You really can't explain it."

He wasn't about to try, either.


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