Maple Leafs Watch

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:25 PM ET


 NOLAN GETS GOOD NEWS ON KNEE

 Perhaps it has come too late to do any good, but the Maple Leafs have received more good medical news about Owen Nolan's right knee.

 "I have some positive feedback," general manager John Ferguson said last night after Nolan went for an MRI yesterday.

 Nolan has not played since March 27, when he suffered suspected ligament damage in a game against the Ottawa Senators.

 Talk began circulating on the weekend that Nolan could play at the end of the second round if the Leafs advance. Nolan has described himself as ahead of schedule. Ferguson said the news yesterday was nothing as dramatic as clearing the winger to play tonight, but that he had the green light to continue rehabilitation at his current accelerated pace.

 "Hopefully he'll join us down the line before too long," Ferguson said.

 SUNDIN SUNDOWN

 The Leafs were excited to see Mats Sundin working out yesterday, but aren't getting their hopes up that he will play tonight. Most realize the risk in dressing a less than effective Sundin at the expense of an able-bodied centre.

 "We have to count on the guys we know are healthy," defenceman Ken Klee said. "I don't want to get too excited. If we move on, both he and Owen will be close to returtning."

 HEAD GAMES

 The Leafs are wary of getting too excited at home tonight, getting out of position or worse, into penalty trouble.

 "What you have to have in this game is control," coach Pat Quinn said. "If we run around, well just get picked apart by a very, very talented team.

 "We have to get the puck. Historically, this club is strong in the offensive zone, but we aren't holding it well. They (Senators) are checking well, but we need to do more, not give it up so easily."

 LOOSE LEAFS

 What's better than a Game 7? Overtime in Game 7. The Leafs last won such a contest on May 1, 1993, when Nik Borschevsky scored in Detroit. It never has happened in Toronto ... Asked if he considered the Leafs-Senators series a classic battle of old vs. young, 37-year-old defenceman Calle Johansson said: "I don't see us as old, I see us as a veteran team with a lot of knowledge and guys who've been there before."

 MAPLE LEAFS INJURIES

 Mats Sundin

 Leg, questionable for Game 7

 Owen Nolan

 Knee, out indefinitely


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