Leafs leave John-Michael Liles behind

Defenceman John-Michael Liles, who hurt his ankle in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Bruins, will not...

Defenceman John-Michael Liles, who hurt his ankle in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Bruins, will not play in Monday's rematch at Boston. (Veronica Henri, Toronto Sun files)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:16 PM ET

TORONTO - The Maple Leafs will aim for a sweep of the Bruins on Monday night in Boston, but without John-Michael Liles.

A club spokesman said the defenceman won’t make the trip with his sprained ankle and is day-to-day after a dangerous looking incident Saturday night in the first of back-to-back games with the Bruins at the Air Canada Centre. Boston’s Daniel Paille accidentally skidded skates-first into Liles’ ankle, sending the veteran hobbling off the ice. An X-ray taken shortly after revealed no serious damage.

As of Sunday morning, the Leafs had not made a call to the farm, but did have a healthy scratch in defenceman Mike Kostka working out at the MasterCard Centre on the ice. Kostka was with Joffrey Lupul, whose two-game league suspension for a check to the head of Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman last week is now served. Lupul’s presence will be welcomed in a what’s been a tough building for the Leafs to win in since the Phil Kessel trade.


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