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Gunnarsson returns to Leafs' lineup

Monday, 02.18.2013 / 7:40 PM

By Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Gunnarsson returns to Leafs' lineup

SUNRISE, Fla.Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson is back in the lineup Monday night against the Florida Panthers.

Gunnarsson had missed the previous eight games because of a hip injury. He took part in the morning skate Monday and coach Randy Carlyle said he would become available soon.

With Gunnarsson back, John-Michael Liles was scratched by the Leafs.

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