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Mike Komisarek underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday morning in Birmingham, Ala., and will face a rehabilitation program of four to six months.

The Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman had the torn labrum in his right shoulder repaired by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. He is expected to leave the hospital by Thursday and return to Toronto to start his rehabilitation.

Komisarek hurt his shoulder in November, 2008 when he was playing for the Montreal Canadiens and was beaten in a fight by Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins. He managed to play without having surgery but admitted his shoulder never completely healed. Then he injured the shoulder again on Jan. 2 while playing for the Leafs against the Calgary Flames and it was eventually decided surgery, which ended Komisarek's hopes of playing in this month's Olympics, was the best option.

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Both Leaf forwards who missed Monday's game were at practice Wednesday. Christian Hanson and Fredrik Sjostrom said they were recovered from what was thought to be the flu but, according to head coach Ron Wilson, turned out to be food poisoning. The pair ate dinner together at a Toronto restaurant on Sunday night and fell ill.

"They had a couple of bad shrimps somewhere and had food poisoning," Wilson said. The coach said he passed along an axiom about eating seafood: "Don't eat seafood if it flew further than you to get there."

Rookie winger Viktor Stalberg earned a promotion with his play in Monday's 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. He was bumped up from the fourth line to a spot on the right side with left winger Lee Stempniak and Hanson. John Mitchell was dropped to the fourth line with Wayne Primeau and Colton Orr.

"I loved what I saw in Stalberg the other night," Wilson said.

The Leafs will play their last game on Friday in St. Louis against the Blues before the Olympic break starts Sunday.

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A native of Wainfleet, Ont., David Shoalts joined The Globe in 1984 after working at the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun and Toronto Sun. He graduated in 1978 from Conestoga College and also attended the University of Waterloo. More

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