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Tyler Bozak makes impressive return to Leafs

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM

After missing the entire month of December with an oblique muscle injury, center Tyler Bozak returned to the Maple Leafs' lineup Sunday night and played a key role in Toronto's 5-2 victory over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes

Bozak was a sparkplug, turning in a plus-2 and notching three assists in the win, two of them on Phil Kessel's 19th and 20th goals of the season. Nikolai Kulemin (fifth), Paul Ranger (second) and Dion Phaneuf (fourth, empty net) also scored for the Leafs. 

Toronto is 4-4-2 over its last 10 games which is not acceptable for a team with the abilities to be a top contender in the Eastern Conference. However, injuries like the one to Bozak have played a key role in the recent downward trend of the team.

So, staying healthy will be the biggest battle this team will have to face in order to become a playoff team for the second straight season, ultimately getting revenge for what was the biggest collapse in playoff history against the Boston Bruins last spring... 

[Source:] / [Photo: Bridget Samuels]

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