Maple Leafs Watch

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:41 PM ET


 LEAFS NEED TO TIGHTEN UP

 NO MATTER how many injuries the Maple Leafs may or may not have, allowing 30-plus shots per game will not propel Toronto past the first playoff bound.

 And the Leafs know it.

 "We know we've got to tighten up defensively and not keep giving up so many shots," said forward Alex Mogilny, whose team has been outshot 134-84 through the first four games of the series with the Ottawa Senators. "We can't keep relying on Eddie (Belfour) to get us through this."

 Staying out of the sin bin might help. The Leafs were short-handed seven times last night, running their total in the series to 24.

 "That's a key," defenceman Bryan McCabe said. "We have to stop taking penalties like that or we're in trouble."

 BY THE NUMBERS

 With Joe Nieuwendyk out of the lineup and Mats Sundin knocked out of the game in the third period, Robert Reichel led all Leaf forwards in ice time at 19 minutes nine seconds.

 STAJAN PATIENT

 Matt Stajan's first taste of the NHL playoffs has left him with plenty of butterflies. And he hasn't even played yet.

 That could change, depending on how badly Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin are injured.

 A banged up Darcy Tucker, meanwhile, went to the dressing room twice in the third period but returned to the bench.

 "It's tough on the nerves watching the television in the dressing room," Stajan, the Leafs rookie forward, said.

 Stajan holds no grudges about sitting out.

 "We made some big pickups at the trade deadline that gave us some good depth," he said.

 MAPLE LEAFS INJURIES

 Owen Nolan

 Knee, out indefinitely

 Mats Sundin

 Indefinite

 Joe Nieuwendyk

 Back, out indefinitely


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