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Babcock says injuries to Sparks and Spaling appear to be 'long term'

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TORONTO - Goaltender Garret Sparks left the Toronto Maple Leafs' game against the San Jose Sharks with an injury during the first period.

Sparks went to the bench immediately after giving up his second goal of the night on the Sharks' 14th shot.

He was replaced by Jonathan Bernier, who gave up five goals on 27 shots Tuesday in his return from a minor-league conditioning assignment.

Sparks went down the tunnel to the Leafs' locker-room after departing 11:32 into the game following Patrick Marleau's power-play goal.

The 22-year-old was making his fifth career NHL start.

Toronto is already without goaltender James Reimer, who has missed seven of the past eight games with a groin injury.

The injury bug also bit the Leafs' forward group as Nick Spaling left 24 seconds in after hurting himself off a faceoff.

Spaling suffered what the team called an upper-body injury and was not expected to return.

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