Leafs stay calm

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:17 PM ET


 Sitting on a chair getting fitted for new skates, Calle Johansson didn't look like a man on the verge of playoff elimination.

 That outward nonchalance went for a lot of veteran Maple Leafs yesterday, as they readied for tonight's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final against Ottawa.

 NEW STICKS

 There was no break in routine, and new hockey sticks were being ordered.

 Perhaps winning the past two Game 7s played at the Air Canada Centre has buoyed the spirits of long-time Leafs, and maybe the rest have been through it enough with other teams.

 The Sens, meanwhile, are 0-3 in Game 7s.

 "We're optimistic," Johansson said. "This is a good team with lots of veterans who know how to handle the situation. We have the best goalie in the playoffs. I don't think we can ask for any more than that."

 Johansson's status for tonight is unclear as coach Pat Quinn ponders putting him back in on defence as part of one or two possible lineup changes.

 COVERAGE

 A contrite Aki Berg, victimized on Mike Fisher's Game 6 overtime goal, said yesterday he realizes where he went wrong on the coverage and hopes for another chance tonight.

 A huge Leaf taxi squad has practised more than two weeks without seeing any game action.

 But more often than not, Quinn has shown he prefers to stick with older players in a Game 7.

 "It's down to sudden death and you relish that opportunity," Quinn said.

 "You sit in the office and dream about the victory and advancing on. You look forward to it being fun, not a pain. If you enter it scared, you won't like the result."


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