In Friday’s 5-4 OT win over the New Jersey Devils, Ilya Mikheyev had his wrist accidentally cut by the skate of Jesper Bratt as he was falling to the ice. There was a lot of blood as Mikheyev skated straight off the ice and was eventually led to the hospital by the Leafs training staff.

Ilya Mikheyev leaves the game with a skate cut to his wrist

Mikheyev spent the night in a local hospital in New Jersey. We don’t know if he underwent surgery or anything. According to a doctor twitter friend, Dr. Harjas Grewal, there are many things in the wrist that could be cut and require surgery in the wrist. We’re all hoping for the best and a short, speedy recovery for Mikheyev.

Surprisingly enough, Maple Leafs prospect Egor Korshkov is currently dealing with a similar injury right now. Korshkov missed his fifth game on Friday for the Toronto Marlies as he is recovering from a laceration to his leg. We don’t have very much information on Korshkov’s injury, including when it happened because we didn’t see any blood, but he’s been out since December 8th, coming up on three weeks.

This was really heart-warming to hear after the game. John Tavares is “obviously” a very muted quote, but the actions of him and his teammates speak louder than words when it comes to things like this.

The Branches

I like how Brigs writes his recaps. He shares a good combination of action and explanation in them so I encourage reading his, even if you watched the game. Free Willy Nylander!

Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs eke out 5-4 overtime win vs New Jersey Devils

The Marlies lost their third-straight Boxing Day game on Thursday to the Belleville Senators. I wrote a recap of the game and predicted both call ups the Leafs ended up making before Friday. They played their second game in the three-in-three yesterday, a 3-2 win over the Laval Rocket.

Coming back to the Marlies with a fresh perspective as Toronto falls to Belleville on Boxing Day

Speaking of call ups, with Mikheyev and Trevor Moore out, the Leafs have 12 healthy forwards on their roster as of now, including Adam Brooks. Will he get to make his NHL debut on Saturday night against the New York Rangers? My money is on a sneaky roster switch and Nic Petan getting that game.

Lastly, even a conference away Nazem Kadri is getting treated like scum. They called that embellishment? Frankly, how did the refs in the Leafs game call Hyman for embellishment in the third? What is embellishment?