NEWS
04/08/2017 18:22 EDT | Updated 04/08/2017 19:06 EDT

Leafs' Andersen forced to exit game after hit to head

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen was forced to exit Saturday's game against Pittsburgh after being hit in the head by Penguins forward Tom Sestito.

Leafs coach Mike Babcock didn't provide a full update post-game, but mentioned he was hopeful that Andersen would be ready for Toronto's regular-season finale Sunday against Columbus.

Sestito caught Andersen in the head with his hip as he brushed past the crease two minutes into the second period.

Andersen remained down the ice, his hands initially clutching his head in apparent discomfort. He was eventually helped off the ice by a team trainer and replaced by backup Curtis McElhinney.

Sestito received a two-minute penalty for goaltender interference.

McElhinney finished the game, making 12 saves in relief for a 5-3 victory that clinched the Maple Leafs their first playoff spot since 2013.