Fresh start for McCabe

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:47 PM ET


 He has been ripped in the media, jeered in Toronto and cheered in Philadelphia.

 But while the Maple Leafs will make a couple of lineup changes tonight, don't look for Bryan McCabe to be anywhere but his usual place in the starting lineup with partner Brian Leetch.

 "It was a rough night, but the sun came up," McCabe said yesterday. "The best part of playoffs is that you get a chance to redeem yourself."

 LOW-LIGHTED

 McCabe marked Game 5 with a minus-5, low-lighted by his second consecutive early giveaway for a Philadelphia Flyers goal. But several teammates came to his defence, along with coach Pat Quinn and general manager John Ferguson.

 "We're still talking about the top scoring defenceman in the playoffs," Ferguson told The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons, adding he thought a penalty should have been called on the Flyers prior to the McCabe gaffe that made it 3-0 on Sunday.

 Asked if McCabe should enlist the services of team psychologist Paul Dennis, Quinn said McCabe was quite capable of erasing the brain cramps on his own.

 "I'm going to go out and play hard and physical like I can," McCabe said. "We had a good skate today, a lot of jump. We've got to stick with the game plan."

 Quinn broke up the Sky Line at practice, moving the slumping Nik Antropov to a unit with Wade Belak and Chad Kilger, replacing him with Alex Mogilny. Robert Reichel, who was a healthy scratch on Sunday, was skating with Tom Fitzgerald and Nathan Perrott.

 Antropov suspected the coach was just tinkering to baffle the Flyers.

 "We've done this a couple of times this season, shake everything up and then go back to the old lines in the game," he said.


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