Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie was forced out of Saturday's game against the Edmonton Oilers with an ankle injury, but he won't miss any further time. Head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters that Barrie will play in the team's game against the Buffalo Sabres onTuesday
Barrie, 28, went straight to the Toronto locker room during Saturday's game after he blocked a shot from Edmonton Oilers forward Gaetan Haas with his left shin.
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According to TSN's Kristen Shilton, Barrie returned to the ice twice to test out his leg: first during a TV timeout later in the first period, and again after the first intermission before he and the Leafs' training staff called off his participation for the night. Shilton described Barrie's movements as "gingerly" during his on-ice tuneups and wrote that he appeared to heavily favor his left leg.
After the game, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters that X-rays on Barrie's ankle were negative, but he "just didn't feel comfortable enough to go back."
"So we'll have to just see how he is when we get home," Keefe said via Twitter.
While Barrie ultimately will move on past a temporary setback, the Victoria, B.C. native has had a rough go at it in his first season with the Maple Leafs. Typically a high-scoring offensive defenseman, Barrie did not score a goal until his 20th game in blue and white.
Barrie has 13 points in 34 games played with the Maple Leafs this season. Toronto acquired him in an offseason trade that sent Nazem Kadri to the Colorado Avalanche.