March 8, 2010
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
After a scare following a thumping hit by Ottawa's Chris Neil the night before, Leafs' centre John Mitchell was given the green light to face the Flyers on Sunday.
Mitchell shook off the cobwebs at an optional morning skate and was cleared by the team to play.
"I was pretty much fine after the game, it was just a precautionary thing," said Mitchell, who skated at the Wachovia Center on Sunday morning while the rest of the team was given the session off. "I just got hit in the head a little harder than you are supposed to."
The news wasn't so good for winger Fredrik Sjostrom, who suffered an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
To replace Sjostrom, the Leafs recalled Jay Rosehill from the AHL Marlies. Given that the opponent was the Flyers, it didn't hurt to have the added muscle Rosehill brings.
Prior to Sunday night's meeting with the Flyers, Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle had gone four games without a point, his longest pointless streak since the end of the 2008-09 season. His lengthiest previous slump this season was three games.
Kaberle is still the Leafs leading scorer, however, with 46 points, four ahead of winger Phil Kessel.
With all the trades and roster upheaval, it's likely that the Leafs will end the season with just the above two players topping 50 points.
The Leafs headed to Philly on an offensive slide scoring just seven goals in their previous five games.