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Peca Injued in Chi-town

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December 22, 2006

CHICAGO (AP) -- Toronto centre Michael Peca seriously injured his right knee in the first period of the Maple Leafs' 3-1 loss to Chicago on Friday night and had to be helped from the ice.

Peca collided with Chicago defenceman Jim Vandermeer in the Toronto zone with 5:17 left in the first. Vandermeer received a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct.

"He's in quite a bit of pain,'' Toronto coach Paul Maurice said. "We're not going to know until the doctors get a better look inside.

"This is not day-to-day,'' Maurice added. "It's a bad injury.''

Peca left the Maple Leafs dressing room on crutches, wearing an air cast.

A 12-year veteran, Peca has four goals and 11 assists in 35 games this season.

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