Maple Leafs Watch

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:46 PM ET


 ANYTHING FOR AN EDGE IN PLAYOFFS

 The two teams in the Battle of Ontario have duelling dressing room decorations to help them get psyched up for the series.

 Above the exit to the Ottawa Senators room is a horseshoe, supplied by former Senators' defenceman Steve Duchesne. He scored the goal in the 1-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on April 12, 1997, to give the Ottawa franchise its first playoff berth and it now travels to every visiting rink.

 The Leafs have tacked a plain blue board above their door with room for 16 game pucks, representing the number of wins it takes for the Stanley Cup. Two pucks are already mounted and the board also goes with the team.

 "It travels in style in the plane cabin with us and not below with the luggage," equipment assistant Bobby Hastings said with a laugh.

 Assistant coach Keith Acton borrowed the idea from his Edmonton Oilers days. They have put a team decal on a wall of their room for every playoff victory through the years.

 COREL REEF

 The Leafs don't want to look too deeply into their Corel Centre success, with six consecutive playoff wins in the Senators' home.

 "It's a test against yourself, no matter what edifice you're playing in," coach Pat Quinn said. "We've been a good road team for a long time. Maybe we're less risky on the road and more attentive to position. At home we try and get a little more risky trying to carry the game.

 "Our guys like to play it that way and often you pay a price. You hope to take buildings out of your head and out of the play. The team that can do that has a better chance to survive."

 LOOSE LEAFS

 Defenceman Brian Leetch played almost 27 minutes in Game 3, but Quinn thinks that by keeping the Sens out of the Leafs end more and the Leafs out of the penalty box, Leetch will not have to worry about wear and tear as the series goes on.

 MAPLE LEAFS INJURIES

 Owen Nolan

 Knee, out indefinitely

 Mikael Renberg

 Hamstring, day to day


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