"It was awesome, I was so surprised, I couldn't believe it", Foster said. His stick ended up between Marner's legs, and the blade found its way beneath Marner's left skate, sending him down to the ice.
"I don't know what the scoop is on Mitch at all, so I'm not going to try to pretend I do". "You never like to see guys go down awkward like that". And he tried to grit it through. "He's a massive part of this club".
Leaf fans will remember the unbelievable back-and-forth game in Chicago's home opener last season, which included John Tavares' first hat trick as a Maple Leaf and Auston Matthews trading goals with Kane in the final minutes of the third period, before Morgan Rielly sealed the deal in overtime.
Marner returned to the ice during a TV timeout with 9:34 left in the second to test his ankle, but he went back to the locker room without playing a shift. Not ideal, but I thought the group responded well and had every opportunity to win it. And it was Travis Dermott and William Nylander with the goals for Toronto, which ran its points streak to five games with the bonus-time defeat. Jason Spezza, who was a healthy scratch against the Flyers, is the only available forward on the roster.
The 22-year-old has four goals and 18 points in 18 games with the Maple Leafs this season after signing a six-year, $65.3 million USA contract in September.