Leafs' Boyce answers the bell

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:23 PM ET

Despite looking like a guy primed to attend a Halloween party dressed up as Frankenstein’s Monster, Leafs forward Darryl Boyce actually dressed and played on Saturday night against the Sabres.

Boyce suffered nasty facial injuries during Toronto’s 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday at the ACC when he went nose-first into one of the photographer’s holes in the glass.

His injuries were so bad, some newspapers elected not to run pictures of his face, even though the club’s third-line centre posted a pic on his twitter account.

It was initially expected that John Mitchell, who is returning from a knee injury, would take Boyce’s place in the lineup against the Sabres, but Boyce was given the green light by the doctors and played with a cage over his face.

“I actually feel pretty good,” Boyce said before game time. “I got a fat lip so I’m not talking as proper as I should be, but other than that, the head feels good, the vision is good, the body feels good.”

He actually suffered a fat lip, a black right eye and about 25 or so stitches on, and at the side of, his nose.

“Taking a guess, I think about 14 stitches on the outside and maybe 8-10 on the inside of the nose,” said Boyce, who didn’t skate on Friday.

Boyce said that he played for years with a broken nose, before getting it fixed a couple of seasons ago, so he’s used to dealing with breathing difficulties.

Fortunately (or not), Boyce said he is sans girlfriend at the moment, so there are no major issues with “the other half” freaking out over his face.

“And the family hasn’t seen (my face) either, which is for the best right now,” he said.

SKATING FOR KIDS

The Leafs will hold their annual Skate for Easter Seals Kids presented by Bruce Power on Sunday, an event that raises funds for children with physical disabilities in Ontario. Players and fans will also be joined by Toronto media celebrities who will help host this year. The event is open to the public and will be held at the club’s practice facility, the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, at noon.

TOUGH HAND LUKE

Luke Schenn leads all NHL defenceman in hits with 155 in 51 games and is 10th overall. He is also the only NHL player with over 150 hits and 100 blocked shots this season ... The Sabres game notes listed Joey Cobb as dressing for the Leafs Saturday night. No world as to whether Cobb is related to Leafs forward Joey Crabb, though likely not given that the surnames as quite different.


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