COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jonas Gustavsson is out of a Montreal hospital and on his way home to be further evaluated by Maple Leafs team doctors and a cardiac specialist.
The rookie Swedish goaltender left Tuesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens after the first period when it was learned that his heart rate had accelerated. He was immediately taken to Montreal General Hospital where he was treated and released before joining the team in the same hotel.
Leafs general manager Brian Burke said today that the Monster was to fly home where he will undergo tests. Burke added that the team didn't expect to have an update on his condition until tomorrow. Burke said Gustavsson did not spend the night in hospital as had been speculated.
Until he is evaluated, however, Gustavsson's condition is a serious cause for concern. The 25-year-old collapsed in training camp and soon after had an ablation procedure on his heart that caused him to miss most of training camp.
Gustavsson left the game after stopping the eight shots he faced from the Canadiens in the opening period. He was replaced by Joey MacDonald, who blanked Montreal the rest of the way as the Leafs went on to record a 3-0 win.
In the midst of a four games in six nights stretch, the Leafs were given today off to rest for tomorrow's date here with the Blue Jackets. It is expected that MacDonald will get the start.