Sabres wary of Tucker

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:40 AM ET

BUFFALO -- Lindy Ruff is no longer worried about whether Darcy Tucker is a dirty player.

The Buffalo Sabres coach is more concerned with how Tucker can hurt his team with the puck, not his body parts.

After a game between the Maple Leafs and Sabres last April, Ruff went on one of the better post-game tirades in recent memory, lambasting Tucker for being a diver and for trying (allegedly) to injure Jochen Hecht with a knee-on-knee hit.

"I had forgotten about it," Ruff said. "Right now he is a goal scorer and you can't take that away from him. You have to give him credit. It may surprise some but he is a key piece of that offensive puzzle (for the Leafs)."

Said Hecht, who suffered a knee injury on the play: "It's not forgotten. But I'm going to go out to play the game and win the game."

And then there's Andrew Peters, who mocked the Leafs with a golf-swing in Toronto's penultimate match before its season ended without a trip to the playoffs.

"The only loser in that incident was me," Peters said. "It's lone gone. I played against them in the exhibition and nobody said anything. I think they know I apologized. It was stupid on my part and it did not show much class."


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