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Watch Marcus Foligno separate Carl Gunnarsson’s shoulder

Apr 4, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

Here — enjoy Rick Jeanneret’s call of Marcus Foligno UNLOADING on Carl Gunnarsson 10 seconds into Buffalo’s 6-5 OT win last night:

The hit had major ramifications. Firstly, it snapped Toronto into action as the Leafs proceeded to score three times in the next 16 minutes.

Secondly, it ended Gunnarsson’s season.

Today, the Leafs announced Gunnarsson suffered a separated shoulder on the play, an injury that will require 4-6 weeks of recovery. It’ll prevent him from playing in the final two games of the season and most likely the 2012 World Hockey Championships, where he had hoped to represent Team Sweden on home soil.

Not surprisingly, Gunnarsson was pissed about the injury.

Surprisingly, he wasn’t pissed at Foligno.

“I was pissed off,” he told TSN. “I was mad at myself for letting [myself] get injured; I didn’t protect myself the way I should have. I just wanted to go out there and keep playing, but it turned out I couldn’t do it.”

Gunnarsson tried to play another shift after the Foligno hit, but only lasted 51 seconds before calling it a night. He said he should’ve been more aware of his surroundings and protected himself better from Foligno, who goes 6-foot-2, 215-pounds.

“Situations similar to that happen a lot during the season,” he said. “That was just a bad move by me. I usually come out of it in a good way, try to spin off the guy and take the hit in the right way, but this time I didn’t do it and I’ve got to pay for it.”

It’s an unfortunate end to Gunnarsson’s solid campaign. He averaged a career-high 21:42 per game and was one shy of tying a career-high in assists.

  1. duster1982 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Good for him to admit he couldve braced himself better and not trying to whine about the hit like some other players in the league would do.

    • miketoasty - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Completely agree with what you said. He put himself in a vulnerable position and took a huge hit, which is to be expected in a rivalry like this. Reminds me of something that happened on Sunday…

  2. buffalodave10 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    What the Sabres were looking for in Kassian, they found/have in Foligno.

    • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Amen brother!

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