Sundin 'doubtful' for Game 7

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 5:34 PM ET


 The captain might not be aboard for Game 7.

 Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said following last night's double-overtime loss in Ottawa that Mats Sundin was "probably doubtful" for tomorrow, after an optimistic Sundin spoke about his condition for the first time earlier in the day.

 Sundin emerged for his first public comments since a Game 4 mishap aggravated an injury to muscle in his left leg.

 "I'm day to day, it's all I can say," said Sundin, whose stroll from the Leafs dressing room to the interview area yesterday morning was recorded with five TV cameras aimed at his leg. He spent five or 10 minutes answering questions, while leaning over the podium to take weight off his leg.

 "I'm having treatment and I'll try to get back as soon as possible. It fells better. We're going in the right direction. If I could play, I would play, there are no secrets."

 It was suspected Sundin already had a leg injury before being knocked off-balance by Ottawa Senators defenceman Wade Redden in Game 4 and crashing into the boards. He had been staying behind after practices and games late in the season, taking treatment. But when asked about it early in the Eastern Conference quarter-final he insisted everything was fine.

 Quinn, who had lowered the cone of silence on Sundin after Game 4, said last night he "didn't want to mislead anybody" that Sundin would be in the lineup tomorrow.

 This is where having eight former captains on the Leafs comes in handy. They include alternates Gary Roberts and Bryan McCabe, plus Joe Nieuwendyk, who was given the extra A to wear on his sweater when Sundin was hurt.

 "Those of us with a letter can talk to the officials, but Joe did a lot of it the other night and I assume that will be the case (while Sundin sits)," Roberts said. "But guys speak up all the time and it's usually the ones who know how to fill that (captain's) role."

 Sundin wanted to come back in Game 4, but was refused by the medical staff.

 Sundin is a durable Leaf with 1,089 points in 1,086 games, but has been dogged by playoff injuries. In 1996, he played on a sprained knee in an elimination game against the St. Louis Blues and in the 2002 playoffs, tried to play with a broken left wrist.


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