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Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin out for remainder of preliminary round series

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin (8) lays injured on the ice as they play against the Columbus Blue Jackets during third period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Toronto on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Muzzin would leave the ice on a stretcher. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The Maple Leafs say defenceman Jake Muzzin has been discharged from hospital and is back at the team’s hotel, but will not return to the lineup during Toronto’s playoff qualification series with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Maple Leafs said in a statement that Muzzin will remain in quarantine within the hotel and “look to rejoin his teammates upon recovery.”

Muzzin was injured late in the third period of Toronto’s 3-0 win over Columbus on Tuesday.

With the Leafs killing a penalty, Muzzin took a crosscheck from Columbus centre Pierre-Luc Dubois before stumbling and jamming his head/neck into the leg of Blue Jackets winger Oliver Bjorkstrand.

The bruising blue-liner couldn’t get up after the collision and had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after a delay of around 15 minutes. Players from both teams tapped their sticks in support as Muzzin was assisted off the playing surface.

“What he brings to our team is immeasurable,” Toronto captain John Tavares said of Muzzin after the game. “Certainly tough to see, especially just how much we love that guy.”

The best-of-five series, which is tied at one win each, resumes Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena.