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TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:33 PM ET

 Aki Berg quietly slipped back into the Maple Leafs lineup in Game 5 and the Finnish defenceman didn't jump out at anybody.

  But that was fine with coach Pat Quinn, who expects nothing flashy from Berg.

 "He did what we feel his assets are," Quinn said. "He used his size, he finished his checks and he moved the puck quickly out of trouble. Those are the things we needed from him.

 "He was our best defenceman against Philadelphia (in the first round last spring), in my opinion."

 Berg was a healthy scratch for Games 2, 3 and 4. On Saturday night, he replaced Calle Johansson.

 "I'll be ready every time," said Berg, who was not a healthy scratch during the regular season. "I have to say it was tough (to sit out). But you forget about it and focus in practice."

 THE RENBERG FACTOR

 There was more to Mikael Renberg's exclusion from the lineup for Game 5 than just his bothersome hamstring.

 "We wanted to have more centre-ice stability for our lineup," said Quinn, who inserted rookie Matt Stajan.

 "Renny has been injured a lot the last little while. He comes up with that great exuberance of his and sometimes exuberance is not what you need at a particular time," Quinn said.

 "We have some guys who are going some place, but they are not even sure why, but they are going."

 CHECK OUT THE ZEBRAS

 The Leafs were shorthanded just three times in Game 5 but thought there was more to that statistic than good discipline.

 "The two refs (Paul Devorski and Stephen Walkom) let us play hockey," forward Tom Fitzgerald said. "They did a great job. Nothing got out of hand. Sometimes we have to look at who is refereeing."

 MAPLE LEAFS INJURIES

 MATS SUNDIN

 Leg, unlikely for Game 6

 MIKAEL RENBERG

 Hamstring, possible for Game 6

 OWEN NOLAN

 Knee, out indefinitely


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