Sundin cleared to play a month after accident

Updated: November 5, 2005, 7:49 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Toronto captain Mats Sundin returned to the Maple Leafs' lineup Saturday night after missing a month because of a fractured left orbital bone.

"There's going to be an adjustment period for myself, but it feels good on the ice, it feels good practicing," Sundin told The Canadian Press Friday after practice. ''We just have to wait and see. I'm going to try and go out and play like I have before.''

The Swedish center was injured when he was struck in the face by a puck in the season opener against Ottawa on Oct. 5.

Sundin returned to practice Wednesday, the first time he skated since he was hit.

"It's huge having him back," said Toronto defenseman Ken Klee. "I don't care what team you're talking about, if you take the best player off a team it's going to hurt them."

He started against Tampa Bay and wore a visor, something he vowed to wear as he recovers. He hasn't promised to wear it beyond that.

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press