Mark Fraser has surgery after shot to forehead; Liles to play for Leafs

By Brian Stubits |

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The Toronto Maple Leafs not only lost Game 4 in overtime to the Bruins on Wednesday night, they also lost defenseman Mark Fraser to injury. One rough injury.

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said Thursday that Fraser had surgery to repair a fracture in his "cranial area" after he took a slap shot to the forehead. Talk about scary; my goodness.

This is probably a good time to mention that Fraser is a player who elects not to wear a visor. When we think about visors protecting players, we typically think about the eyes. But it would have helped in this instance, too, with the puck hitting him square in front.

While the Leafs wish Fraser a speedy recovery -- really hope he's OK after that; such a dangerous situation -- they will have to move on for Game 5 on Friday. Carlyle said he expects John-Michael Liles will play in Fraser's spot when the Leafs had back to Boston looking to stave off elimination.

Fraser, a 26-year-old stay-at-home defenseman, played 45 games this season for the Leafs, his first in Toronto. He had played in the series' previous four games, logging 18:26 of ice time per night. Liles suited up in Game 1 but has been watching since.

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