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Roman Polak of Maple Leafs has surgery on right leg

Defenseman injured in Game 2 of series vs. Capitals, won't play again this season

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak had surgery on his right leg Tuesday and faces a lengthy recovery period.

Polak was injured on a hit by Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik in the second period of the Maple Leafs' 4-3 double-overtime win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Saturday. Polak was ruled out of the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after the win.

"Rehab is going to be a long time, but [the surgery] went well," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday. "He'll be in the hospital a couple of days until the pain [subsides]."

Video: TOR@WSH, Gm2: Polak leaves early with injury

Polak, 30, is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The Maple Leafs lead the Capitals 2-1 in the best of-7 series, which continues with Game 4 at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-DC).

Nikita Zaitsev took Polak's place in the lineup for Toronto's 4-3 overtime win in Game 3 on Monday after missing the first two games of the series with an upper-body injury.

Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner will sit out his second game in a row Wednesday because of an upper-body injury.

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