Alex is thrilled to be home

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET


 Knowing that the NHL Players' Association would file a grievance if he actually did light a fire under Alexander Mogilny's butt, Pat Quinn did the next best thing yesterday.

 The Maple Leafs coach reunited the forward with Mats Sundin and Gary Roberts.

 Mogilny flew around the Air Canada Centre ice at practice beside Sundin and Roberts, whom he played with often during the season but not during these playoffs.

 ONLY ONE GOAL

 Mogilny has only one goal and one assist in nine playoff games and Quinn acknowledged yesterday that he may match the Russian with the big Swede and rugged Canadian for Game 3 tonight.

 "Obviously we have to create more offence and if Pat decides to change the lines, everybody is more than willing to accept that," Sundin said. "I think we're comfortable together."

 Mogilny has been an enigma during the playoffs. There have been rare flashes of his former puck-handling, shooting and skating brilliance, but most of the time he has elected to remain outside the heavy action zones. Mogilny acknowledged yesterday that his damaged hip has been a factor, but he is not about to beat himself up over the lack of production.

 'GOING TO BE EXCITING'

 "I'm smiling. Real happy," Mogilny said. "We're a very happy bunch in here. Everything is great. We're playing better. Being back home in front of a home crowd (tonight) is going to be exciting."

 When asked if his hip has taken away his quick first step, Mogilny deadpanned: "Quickness was gone a long time ago. Why you blame the hip?"

 Quinn put veteran centre Ron Francis, who had been playing with Mogilny and Chad Kilger for the most part, with Tie Domi and Kilger yesterday.

 Another new line combination at practice included Robert Reichel with Darcy Tucker and Tom Fitzgerald.


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