Sundin eyes Round 2 return

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:05 PM ET


 Mats Sundin will go for a skate this morning at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, but that's likely about the extent of the action he will see today.

 "I certainly hope to play in (Round 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers), but what game it is going to be (when he returns), I don't know right now," the Maple Leafs captain said.

 STRONGER

 "It's day to day. Hopefully, it keeps progressing the way it has and it keeps getting stronger."

 Sundin, suffering from a leg muscle injury, has not yet been cleared by team doctors. That's one hurdle he will have to leap before he gets back into the lineup.

 Sundin missed the final three games of the Eastern Conference quarter-final against the Ottawa Senators but he was beaming with pride yesterday as he talked about his club.

 The Leafs beat the Sens in Games 5 and 7 to take the series despite playing without Sundin and winger Owen Nolan.

 "You can't ever underestimate the character and the type of personnel we have in this dressing room," Sundin said.

 "(After) battling through injuries and being doubted in every kind of way, it was very impressive to watch our team perform (in Game 7 Tuesday night).

 "Now it's a good chance for us to get back at what happened last year (when the Philadelphia Flyers eliminated the Leafs in the first round)."

 Sundin hated being able to do nothing more than offer congratulations after the clincher on Tuesday night.

 "We play all year to be a part of the playoffs and we are all fighting for our dreams," Sundin said. "You want to be on the ice. It's a lot more nerve-racking (to watch) than being out there playing."

 Nolan, nursing a knee injury, has indicated he could return late in the second round.

 Coach Pat Quinn said he nearly kept another player out of the lineup on Tuesday because of injury but refused to say who he was talking about.

 INJURIES

 Tie Domi and Darcy Tucker, among others, are thought to be playing through injuries.

 During his six years behind the Leafs bench, Quinn has seen them pull out a number of gutsy wins.

 "I don't think you are ever surprised, but you are apprehensive," Quinn said.

 "I remember last year for the seventh game (against the Flyers), I was convinced we were going to win and it did not happen. That's the way you feel every game, like you are going to win."


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