Maple Leafs Watch

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:53 PM ET


 NIEUWENDYK'S BACK LIKELY TO KEEP HIM OUT

 Joe Nieuwendyk could address the media today, but expecting good news from the Maple Leaf may be optimistic.

 Coach Pat Quinn yesterday said Nieuwendyk, who missed Game 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers with suspected back woes, is "doubtful" for Game 3 tomorrow night.

 Mikael Renberg (hamstring) also is unlikely to play, while Owen Nolan (knee) continues to make strides.

 "(Yesterday) was the best day so far (in his recovery)," Nolan said. "I was able to sprint down the ice to the best of my ability right now. I just have to chip away and hope it gets stronger quick."

 Nolan again refused to pin down a date for his return.

 Captain Mats Sundin, who played in Game 2 after missing four games with a leg injury, said he felt fine yesterday.

 "You never know after a game how you are going to react, but I felt good (yesterday morning)," Sundin said. "That was a relief."

 TO CRASH OR NOT

 Quinn banged his drum regarding the perceived, on his part, lack of goaltender-interference calls.

 "I don't mind the traffic," Quinn said. "That's what teams are supposed to do. When you cross the line, you are supposed to get penalties, but that has not happened. In spite of all the good words (the officials) are not bothering to emphasize that sort of thing. I don't want to be a victim. We'll have to play with the circumstances that are there."

 Flyers forward Mark Recchi crashed past Ed Belfour not long before a Philly goal in Game 2 but there was no call.

 ACTON IN OTTAWA?

 Among the candidates Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler reportedly wants to interview for the team's head coaching job that became open last week is Leafs assistant coach Keith Acton. Jacques Martin was fired a couple of days after the Sens were ousted by Toronto.

 MAPLE LEAFS INJURIES

 JOE NIEUWENDYK

 Back, day to day

 MIKAEL RENBERG

 Hamstring, day to day

 OWEN NOLAN

 Right knee, out indefinitely


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