Mogilny is overdue

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:19 PM ET


 Alexander Mogilny's name has appeared more often in the real estate listings than on the score sheet these past two weeks.

 That's not good news for the Maple Leafs, who need the extremely-skilled and enigmatic winger to bust out of his offensive funk tonight if they hope to punt the Ottawa Senators out of the playoffs.

 Mogilny, whose multi-million dollar Toronto home recently was put on the market, has just one point in six games, a disappointing output from a player considered to be one of the Leafs more prominent gamebreakers.

 While the speedy sniper seems to have found another gear in the past two games, the added zip in his gait has not translated into points.

 And should he, like some of the team's other big names, continue to underachieve tonight, Mogilny soon will have plenty of time to focus on his favourite off-season hobby of golf.

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 "They don't give you much," Mogilny said after participating in yesterday's optional practice at the Air Canada Centre. "That's why they are one of the best teams in the league.

 "But then again, maybe we have been a bit too defensive minded."

 Mogilny was asked about his surgically-repaired hip, which was operated on in Pittsburgh back in November.

 "It's OK," Mogilny said.

 "It's good enough to play."

 But is it good enough to help get the Leafs into the second round? The Leafs hope history repeats itself.

 In a 2002 Eastern Conference semi-final against the Sens, Mogilny snapped a modest scoring slump by draining the winners in each of the final two contests of the best-of-seven series. That included the deciding goal in the Leafs 3-0 victory in Game 7.

 The Leafs hope he still has more such magic up his sleeve, especially if captain Mats Sundin can't go.

 "Guys with that type of talent, you look to him to make chicken salad where other players can't," Quinn said.


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