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TERRY KOSHAN and MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:26 PM ET


 QUINN PLAYS DOWN BATTLE OF THE MINDS

 Pat Quinn claimed not to put much stock in the idea that, as coaches, he and Philadelphia Flyers counterpart Ken Hitchcock are involved in a chess match.

 "I think too much gets made of coaches in this sort of thing," Quinn said. "You work with your team all year long to be able to take your style of play into a game. You can tinker little bits, but this is the time when the 100-odd days of practice and games and talks and video come together. (The playoffs) is where all the excitement is and that's a lot of fun."

 IT'S ALMOST ALL GOOD

 Brian Leetch said he's having a lot of fun playing with partner Bryan McCabe but the Flyers are keeping the pair and other Leafs defencemen on their toes.

 "A lot of times they come from the goal line right to the net as opposed to using more of the middle of the offensive zone," Leetch said.

 "They make a lot of short plays around the net."

 SURGERY FOR NOLAN?

 The whispers that Owen Nolan will require knee surgery when the season is over are growing louder, but he has been told he does not need it now. Nolan has targeted a return in the mid-to-latter stages of the Philly series.

 REST FOR THE WEARY

 Quinn gave the Leafs a rare day off during the playoffs on Friday and his charges appreciated it.

 "We couldn't finish (Ottawa) off in Game 6 and we had to go to Game 7 and that took a little bit out of us that maybe we wouldn't like to give up," Darcy Tucker said.

 "We've got to reload the energy and we were fortunate to have a couple days in between (Games 1 and 2 against Philly)."

 MAPLE LEAFS INJURIES

 MATS SUNDIN

 Leg, could play tonight

 OWEN NOLAN

 Right knee, day to day

 JOE NIEUWENDYK

 Back, day to day

 MIKAEL RENBERG

 Hamstring, day to day


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