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The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Thursday afternoon that captain John Tavares will miss a minimum of two weeks with a broken finger, which he suffered late in the team’s 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Wednesday. He will be re-evaluated after that two-week time frame.
The @MapleLeafs announced today that centre John Tavares sustained a broken finger late in last night’s game in Washington.
He will be out of the lineup for a minimum of two weeks, at which point he will be reassessed by the team’s medical staff.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) October 17, 2019
According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, a point shot by defenseman Morgan Reilly went off of Tavares’ right hand before he scored with 2:33 left in the game.
Losing him is a big blow as that likely means third-line center Alexander Kerfoot will be forced to play in his spot.
Tavares has recorded three goals, seven points, and a -1 rating in eight games this season.
The Maple Leafs have not announced a recall from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
Tavares will unlikely be in the lineup when the Capitals visit the Maple Leafs on October 29.
John Tavares will miss a minimum of two weeks with a broken finger.
Was this the play that caused the injury? pic.twitter.com/avHAtssJZm
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 17, 2019
By Harrison Brown