TORONTO -- Toronto captain Mats Sundin could miss four to
six weeks after breaking the lower orbital bone when he was hit in
the face by a puck in the season opener, the Maple Leafs announced
Sundin lasted just seven minutes of the 3-2 shootout loss to the
Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
Sundin, who was not at practice Thursday, has an unfortunate
track record with face injuries, suffering both cuts and dental
damage in past incidents.
Sundin dropped to the ice Wednesday night after getting hit and looked in obvious pain as blood poured out, and he was helped off the ice.
Sundin was taken to the hospital, but was released later in the evening. Leafs coach Pat Quinn said after the loss to the Senators that he was told by doctors that no damage was done to the eyeball.
"The eyeball itself is fine," Leafs coach Pat Quinn told reporters.
Teammate Tie Domi told The Toronto Star he spoke to Sundin on the ice immediately after the hit.
"He was shaken up by it, no question," Domi said of Sundin. "A lot of us were there when it happened to [defenseman] Bryan Berard and I think that was going through Mats' mind."
Berard lost his eye in a game while playing for the Leafs in a 1999 game against the Senators. Less than a year after that incident, Sundin received 15 stitches near his eye when he was struck by an errant puck.
Sundin, who used to wear a visor when he played with the Quebec Nordiques (1990-94), has worn the protective shield on and off while with the Leafs. After that 2000 near-the-eye hit, he said he'd only wear the visor until the injury healed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.