TORONTO (CP) - Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin got to play only the first seven minutes of the team's 88th NHL home opener Wednesday night.
Sundin suffered a cut around his left eye after being hit by puck on an attempted clear-in by Ottawa's Bryan Smolinski.
Sundin immediately dropped his gloves upon being struck and slumped to his knees with his face in his hands. With help, the Maple Leafs' captain made his way to the dressing room. He was taken to hospital for examination.
After the Leafs lost 3-2 in a shootout, Leafs coach Pat Quinn said he was told by doctors that no damage was done to the eyeball.
"I don't know how to predict the time frame," Quinn replied when asked how long the veteran Swedish centre would be out of the lineup. "We'll find out in the next day or two."