January 30, 2013
Maple Leafs' Mike Komisarek on eye injury: 'Don't take it out on your stick'
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek skates during practice at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, Ont., Jan. 30, 2013. (VERONICA HENRI/QMI Agency)

TORONTO - Neither Mike Brown nor Colton Orr practised with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday at the MasterCard Centre.

Brown suffered a bruised shoulder during a fight with the Buffalo Sabres’ Mike Weber on Tuesday night and did not return after suffering the injury.

Orr is suffering from the flu, coach Randy Carlyle said.

Back at practice were forward Clarke MacArthur and defenceman Mike Komisarek. MacArthur missed the 4-3 overtime win in Buffalo after losing a fingernail against the New York Rangers last Saturday.

Komisarek suffered an eye injury at the end of practice on Monday, and that was the reason for his absence in Buffalo. Komisarek told reporters he smashed his stick and bits of the shaft lodged in his right eye.

“Shooting some pucks after practice, missed the net a few times and took it out on my stick,” Komisarek said. “Next thing you know, stick breaks and a bunch of graphite goes in my eye and my face. Had to go see the eye specialist. Had to have it removed and have a stitch in the eyeball. Mark that down as a first for me. Something I don’t want to do again. Bad accident.


“At the end of the day, don’t take it out on your stick and try to hit the net. Not the stick’s fault.”

Komisarek has been cleared to play on Thursday at home against the Washington Capitals, but Carlyle might not want to take out one of Cody Franson or Mark Fraser.

MacArthur is “getting closer,” Carlyle said. The Leafs could recall a forward, perhaps Tim Connolly, once the Toronto Marlies’ all-star break ends. The Marlies will resume practising on Thursday.

The game against the Caps opens a three-game home stand for the Leafs. The Boston Bruins visit on Saturday and the Carolina Hurricanes hit Toronto on Monday.

The Leafs, 0-2 at the ACC, are one of three NHL teams — Pittsburgh and Nashville are the others — without a victory on home ice this season.

“Our main focus is getting a win at home,” Franson said. “We have lost our first two home games and that is not acceptable. We want to make our building a place that is tough to come in and steal a point from.

"In order to do that we have to come out with a really good effort against Washington and start putting our foot on things.” 


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