Gilmour happy Sabres lost

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

That was the message of former Maple Leafs captain Doug Gilmour concerning the shootout loss by the Buffalo Sabres to the Atlanta Thrashers last night. That loss meant the 1993-94 Leafs still own a share of the record for most wins to start of a season with 10.

The Sabres had a chance to win their 11th last night but fell just short.

"It's fitting they lost in a shootout because some of their wins came that way," Gilmour, a member of those 1993 Leafs, said. "We never had the opportunity of shootouts, so it was an entirely different thing.

"(The Sabres) have a good team but it's still nice that we will be recognized for our accomplishment."

NIK OF TIME

Nik Antropov's hockey bio reads more like a medical journal.

He has had reconstructive surgeries on both knees, undergone a shoulder operation, fractured a bone in his foot and suffered strains, sprains and pulls to so many different parts of his body we don't have the space to list them all here.

"It's tough," Antropov said yesterday. "You always look back and say, 'Why did this happen?' You just have to work hard, get healthy, and start working again.

"It's funny. You can probably say at some point that you get used to it -- by that, I mean getting injured, then coming off of it."

Antropov's most recent ailment was an ankle sprain suffered during the pre-season.

The nagging injury lingered for longer than even Antropov thought it would, causing the big Kazakh to miss the first 11 games this season. But he finally made his debut last night, playing just over five minutes on the Leafs fourth line alongside John Pohl and Bates Battaglia.

LOOSE LEAFS

Jay Harrison's four-game stint in the press box ended last night. Harrison, who had not played since the Leafs' 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 18, was used as the team's sixth defenceman and played just six shifts ... While defenceman Staffan Kronwall has started skating again, his recovery from a an ankle sprain continues to be slow. "I've heard talk it would take about four to six weeks or something like that," Leafs coach Paul Maurice said. "Well, I have never seen a guy come back from one of those in four weeks. Ever."


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