TORONTO - Toronto Maple Leafs forward Owen Nolan returned to the lineup Saturday night for the first time in nearly a month after getting high-sticked in his left eye.
Nolan wore a protective visor, and Toronto enforcer Tie Domi also wore a visor.
Nolan has had headaches and blurred vision since Buffalo’s Jay McKee high-sticked him in a game Jan. 3. The Toronto player had laser surgery two days later and missed 12 games.
“I’m tired of sitting and watching,” he said. “Being able to play is great.”
Domi talked about wearing one after Toronto’s Darcy Tucker also sustained an eye injury after a high-stick on Jan. 20, but Domi didn’t until Saturday. Domi took it off his helmet before fighting Ottawa’s Shane Hnidy in the first period.
Domi said he probably won’t wear a visor again.
“It’s tough. At least I tried. If something happens I can explain to my wife and kids that I didn’t feel comfortable doing my job with that thing on,” Domi said. “It looks like your looking through a mirror. It’s really difficult.”
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With the New York Rangers down two games in their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins, tonight’s Game 3 is a must-win. Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg could possibly return for the game.
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