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Tuesday, April 8

Updated: April 8, 11:01 AM ET

Knee injury won't be healed for first round

Associated Press

TORONTO -- Doug Gilmour's knee injury has not healed enough for him to be in the Toronto Maple Leafs' lineup until the second round of the playoffs, if at all.

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Any hope that the 39-year-old center might rejoin the Leafs late in their opening-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers was dashed after an MRI on his left knee. He has medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligament damage.

''There is no way I can,'' Gilmour said Monday night, dismissing suggestions that he might be ready for Game 6 or 7. ''Right now time is dictating when I'll be back. I can't just put a freeze on everything and go play.''

Gilmour expects to have another MRI in the next two weeks.

''It's frustrating but not altogether unexpected,'' he said. ''Thursday will mark four weeks since the injury and the original estimate was six weeks.

''I saw the guys yesterday and wished them luck. It's going to be tough to watch.''

Gilmour's left knee was injured when he collided with the Calgary Flames' Dave Lowry on March 13.

The Maple Leafs open their best-of-seven series Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
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