C ya soon is Leafs' cry

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:48 PM ET

 A loud murmur of concern could be heard spreading throughout the Air Canada Centre last night when it was announced that Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin had been scratched.

 Sundin has not played since the third period of Game 4 when he tumbled into the end boards and favoured his left leg.

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 There is speculation that he had previously been bothered by the ailment, believed to be near the upper portion of the leg.

 But the fears aired at game time by the capacity crowd of 19,584 were alleviated two hours later when the Maple Leafs put the finishing touches on a 2-0 victory over the Senators.

 The Leafs are crossing their fingers that the big Swede might return to the lineup for Game 6 tomorrow in Ottawa.

 Coach Pat Quinn was cautiously optimistic.

 "Hopefully but I'm not sure," Quinn said, when asked if Sundin would return.

 The Leafs have rallied before in the absence of their leader. Two years ago they defeated the Sens in seven games in an Eastern Conference semi-final while Sundin was nursing an injured wrist.

 "Mats is by far the toughest European I've ever played with," said Tie Domi, who was credited with the game-winner last night. "If it was up to him he'd be out there."

 Sundin's injury opened the door for Matt Stajan, who made his first NHL playoff appearance and did not look out of place.

 As a boy growing up in Mississauga Stajan would click on the tube and watch his idol, Doug Gilmour, lead the Maple Leafs through many a playoff series,

 Ten years later, Gilmour was in the stands to see Stajan's post-season debut.

 "I hadn't played in three weeks so I was really nervous," Stajan, 20, said. "I've never heard a crowd that loud. Luckily we were on the forecheck on the first shift and I got a couple of hits in right off the bat. That helped settle me down."


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