A tale of two goalies

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:30 PM ET

Jean-Francois Racine and Mikael Tellqvist had decidedly different outlooks on the backup role to Jean-Sebastien Aubin last night against the Montreal Canadiens.

"It's a great day for me," Racine, a native of St. Hyacinthe, Que., said. "When I got the call (yesterday morning) I was feeling pretty proud about it. It might be my only time in the NHL so I want to remember it."

Racine was summoned from the Toronto Marlies to be a reserve for Aubin, who got the start after Andrew Raycroft was forced to the sideline with a minor groin strain.

Tellqvist has been practising for a few days and said he happily would have dressed last night had he been asked.

"I feel I am ready to go and I have felt ready the past few days," Tellqvist said.

"If it was up to myself, I would be the backup guy. But it is not my decision."

Tellqvist remains on the injured reserve list, thanks to a broken ring finger.

The Leafs were able to recall Racine and did not have to clear a roster spot for him as they are allowed a 48-hour roster exemption under NHL rules for a goalie.

Had Tellqvist dressed last night, the Leafs would have had to activate him from injured reserve and move another player off the 23-man roster.

Considering that, it's nothing Tellqvist should take personally.

HEY, ISN'T THAT ... ?

Former Maple Leafs general manager and coach Pat Quinn was in attendance last night.

He was in town taking part in the Hall of Fame festivities taking place over the weekend.

ANOTHER WORK DAY

Though the Leafs don't play again until Thursday in Boston, head coach Paul Maurice figured he would have a practice today and give his club tomorrow off.

"We get closer to 48 hours of rest than if we took (today) off," Maurice said. "It's a different way of doing it, but that is the plan."


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