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Joffrey Lupul fractures forearm

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

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PITTSBURGH -- Some good news and some bad news for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

The good news: They went into Pittsburgh and thumped the Penguins 5-2, taking advantage of numerous mistakes by the home team.

The bad news: Winger Joffrey Lupul suffered a fractured forearm when he was hit by a Dion Phaneuf slapshot, according to coach Randy Carlyle. The Leafs just signed Lupul to a long-term contract extension this week, giving him $26.5 million over five years.

Injuries have been a constant struggle for him throughout his career as he's appeared in more than 70 games just once since the start of the 2007-08 season. He had a career year for the Leafs last season after coming over in a trade in February of 2011, scoring 25 goals to go with 42 assists in 67 games.

Carlyle didn't have any details as to how long Lupul would be out of the lineup, and said it was too soon to start speculating on who might replace him in the lineup (though Matt Frattin might be a good guess).

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