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TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:50 PM ET


 MATS TOO BIG FOR SMOLINSKI

 Bryan Smolinski thought about hauling down Mats Sundin last night but couldn't bring himself to do it.

 Sundin got out of Smolinski's grasp long enough to score an insurance goal with less than six minutes remaining in the third period.

 "If I do hook him, do they score on the power play?" Smolinski said. "(Sundin) is such a big guy and a good skater. I ran into his butt and it's hard to recover when you are skating like that."

 Sundin's shot squeezed between goalie Patrick Lalime's legs to give the Leafs a 2-0 lead.

 "I would love to have it back," Lalime said. "What are you going to say?"

 SPEZZA RETURNS

 After watching the first two games of the series as a healthy scratch, Senators centre Jason Spezza was back in the lineup last night and played 11 minutes, 55 seconds.

 Spezza, the Sens' fourth leading scorer in the regular season, denied he is at odds with coach Jacques Martin.

 "Not at all," Spezza, 20, said. "We have just as good a relationship as anybody else. I may talk to him more than other guys on the team because he is teaching as the year goes on. I don't expect to be coddled."

 QUINN IS FULL OF IT

 Pat Quinn's assertion that the Senators are "goody-two-shoes" who try to falsely portray an image of being clean players was met with indifference among Ottawa players.

 "I think you guys would know Pat," Martin said. "It's an old ploy to protect his players. Year after year we're among the least penalized teams. We use our speed and skill."

 The Leafs coach made the comments on Sunday.

 "He says a lot," Senators defenceman Wade Redden said. "He is always making a point about something and it takes the onus off other things. He tries to create a distraction."

 SENATORS INJURIES

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