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Leafs recall Gamache and Stralman; Ponikarovsky hurt in practice

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TORONTO - The Maple Leafs recalled Simon Gamache and Anton Stralman on Wednesday as they regrouped after a 7-1 home loss to Carolina the previous night.

Alexei Ponikarovsky hurt his left leg when he collided with Chad Kilger during practice. The left-winger was prone on the ice for several minutes and had to be helped off, but head coach Paul Maurice said he didn't think the injury was too serious and that Ponikarovsky might be able to play when the Leafs face the visiting New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Gamache and Stralman played in the home opener of the AHL's Toronto Marlies last Saturday.

Maurice, trying to shake things up, had Mats Sundin between Jason Blake and Alex Steen at practice Wednesday. Gamache was on a line with Matt Stajan and Darcy Tucker, while Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov skated with Boyd Devereaux.

Gamache hopes to get into his first NHL game since 2005-2006 with St. Louis.

The Leafs had allowed a league-high 17 goals in their four games going into Wednesday. Stralman, a defenceman, hopes to get into his first NHL game on Thursday.

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