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Leafs’ defense in trouble after Roman Polak helped off ice (Video)

Roman Polak gets helped off the ice by his Toronto teammates after a punishing hit from Washington's Brooks Orpik.

Things were looking so bad for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period, you almost expected for Kasperi Kapanen’s crucial 2-2 goal to be reviewed offside.

That wasn’t the case so ... there’s some good news. Otherwise, things are tough at the moment for the Maple Leafs against the Washington Capitals in Game 2.

Nikita Zaitsev, Toronto’s top minute-eating defenseman, already entered the playoffs on the shelf. It sure looks like Roman Polak could miss some serious time, too, after a painful-looking fall following a hit by Caps blueliner Brooks Orpik.

You can watch that hit and tumble in the GIF below (video will be added soon) ... again, it doesn’t look promising.

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