Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak hurt again against Sharks

San Jose Sharks centre James Sheppard skates with the puck against Toronto Maple Leafs centre Tyler...

San Jose Sharks centre James Sheppard skates with the puck against Toronto Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Dec. 3, 2013. (CLAUS ANDERSEN/Getty Images/AFP)

Mike Zeisberger, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:22 AM ET

TORONTO - You are playing a powerhouse team that ranks second in the NHL’s overall standings.

You have battled back from an early two-goal deficit to knot the score up at 2-2 against the San Jose Sharks and have the momentum suddenly in your favour

And then your No. 1 centre gets injured. Again.

The result? With Tyler Bozak forced to leave the game just moments after setting up Phil Kessel with the tying goal, the Leafs played the final 28 minutes against the San Jose Sharks with Peter Holland, Trevor Smith and Jerred Smithson as their top three centres.

Not quite what GM Dave Nonis had in mind in training camp when he was pencilling in what his team would look like up the middle.

Bozak, who only returned to the Leafs lineup on Nov. 25 after missing a month with a hamstring injury, was felled with an “upper body” ailment, according to Randy Carlyle. The Leafs coach refused to speculate how long, if at all, Bozak might be on the shelf.


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