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Thursday, April 10

Updated: April 11, 11:33 AM ET

Tucker doubtful for Game 2 Friday

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the opener of their first-round playoff series, but they lost center Nik Antropov and forward Darcy Tucker in the process.

Antropov broke a bone in his right foot on a shot by Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins in the second period Wednesday. He will be out indefinitely.

Tucker hyperextended his left knee on a check by Flyers defenseman Eric Weinrich, and he's doubtful for Game 2 Friday night.

"I've never seen injuries like this. It's unbelievable," Leafs forward Owen Nolan said Thursday.

Last season, Leafs captain Mats Sundin broke his wrist in the opener of Toronto's first-round series against the New York Islanders. Sundin missed 12 games, but returned as the Leafs advanced to the conference finals, where they lost to Carolina in six games.

Antropov had 16 goals and 29 assists in the regular season. He centered Toronto's second line, which featured Nolan (29 goals, 54 points) and leading scorer Alexander Mogilny (33 goals, 79 points).

"I don't think you do replace him," Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "We were happy with the progress he's been making this year. He was slowly becoming a pretty good player. He gave us sort of that second-line center that we haven't had for a while. With his size and also his playmaking ability, he looked like a wonderful fit, particularly with Mogilny."

Quinn said Antropov has a long crack along a small bone in his foot. The injury is similar to the one that kept Leafs defenseman Phil Housley out for seven weeks.

"To lose him now, I don't even like thinking about it and I don't know how we'll fill in, because we'll have to. We'll certainly miss him," Quinn said. "Hopefully, he won't be out as long as Housley."

Tucker had 10 goals and 26 assists in 77 games. An MRI revealed the injury was just a hyperextension, less severe than originally thought.

"There's no damage that'll make it too bad. So hopefully, I can get back sooner than later," Tucker said. "It's still pretty sore. Right now, I don't expect to play tomorrow night, but we'll see how things go. I'm not as optimistic as I thought I might be."

The Leafs were without centers Doug Gilmour (knee) and Travis Green (ribs) and defenseman Glen Wesley (ankle) for Game 1.
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