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Former University of Vermont star forward Viktor Stalberg learned a tough lesson Tuesday evening: Keep you head up in the National HockeyLeague.

The Toronto Maple Leafs rookie was on the wrong end of a fierce collision with Ottawa Senators defenseman Anton Volchenkov. The first-period impact left a woozy Stalberg heading to the bench and he didn’t return to the game, a 2-1 Ottawa win.

According to the Toronto Star Web site Wednesday, Stalberg was not at practice and was believed to be suffering from a concussion.

Stalberg, who bypassed his senior year at UVM to turn pro, had been playing with the Maple Leafs’ top line and was considered to be Toronto’s best player in the opening game of the season.

According to www.thestar.com, Torontto coach Ron Wilson does not expect Stalberg to play Saturday.

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