Of course the hockey gods just couldn’t let the Toronto Maple Leafs enjoy a big early season road win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. As is with cases of good fortune in recent Leafs history, something negative usually comes along with it.
Joffrey Lupul suffered a fractured forearm in Toronto’s 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh Wednesday night and will be out indefinitely. The forward was struck by a Dion Phaneuf point shot during the second period and did not return. Lupul signed a five-year $26.25M contract extension with the Leafs last Sunday.
Ironically, James van Riemsdyk who was hit in the foot with a point shot last week at practice by Mike Komisarek, paced the Leafs to victory with his first two goals of the season. Perhaps Randy Carlyle should spend a little more time at practice on getting shots through from the point, before the forwards start a mutiny.
David Steckel, who was scratched tonight versus the Pens, could check in tomorrow against the New York Islanders in place of Lupul, but Matt Frattin might be a more likely option. Frattin was one of the final cuts from Leafs training camp and skated in 56 games with the team last year. He has 17 points in 21 games with the Toronto Marlies so far in 2012-13.