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Thornton offended

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:11 PM ET

Many National Hockey League players were angered when Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs questioned the intensity of the game's stars, not the least of whom is Boston captain Joe Thornton. "I was offended," Thornton told the Boston Globe. "Personally, I think we're the best (conditioned) athletes in the world. In my mind, I was thinking, 'wow, I can't believe he's saying that.' He's obviously not coming to the FleetCenter enough."

Maple Leaf Gary Roberts said last week he disagreed with Jacobs, but added "I don't want to get into a hissing match with the owners."

LEAFS BACK IN T.O.?

The St. John's Maple Leafs resume play at home tomorrow night after an 11-day break, with an intense goaltending battle taking shape.

Jean-Sebastien Aubin is 4-2 since he signed a 25-game tryout contract last month and has a better goals-against and save percentage than Mikael Tellqvist. The Baby Leafs opened the year without a win in their first four games, but are now seven games above .500.

Defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo will be out another two to three weeks with a hearing problem after getting struck by a puck in the ear earlier this month.

In Toronto, a Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. source says plans are afoot to bring more Baby Leaf games to the Air Canada Centre later this season, with crowds in Newfoundland low in the club's final season on The Rock. Two games at the ACC earlier this month drew a total of 26,846 fans.


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