McCabe deaf to war of words

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:52 PM ET


 Memo to Chris Neil: Did you say something?

 Because Bryan McCabe wants to know.

 But on second thought, he couldn't care less about those rants.

 With the war of words between the Ottawa Senators and McCabe's Maple Leafs heating up heading into Game 3 tonight, it appears Neil's accusations concerning McCabe are falling on deaf ears.

 IN ONE EAR

 "This type of stuff always comes around during playoffs," McCabe said. "It goes in one ear and out the other.

 "It's not going to change what we do. We've got a physical team here. It's part of our makeup. We're not going to change a thing."

 Following the Leafs' 2-0 win Saturday in Game 2 of the Battle of Ontario, the Senators' Neil alleged that McCabe went low in an effort to take out Ottawa forward Peter Bondra with a cheap shot.

 "I don't know what they are talking about so it doesn't bother me," McCabe said. "I'm going to play my game and be physical. If they don't like it, so be it.

 "I'm not sure which hit they are referring to anyway -- the one I missed (Bondra) or the one I hit him."

 McCabe's hit parade certainly is difficult to keep track of, especially given the large number of checks he has been dishing out.

 For the second consecutive game, McCabe and defence partner Brian Leetch led the Leafs in ice time. McCabe logged 29 minutes 55 seconds while Leetch turned in 29:21.

 While both players enjoy the heavy load, the fatigue factor comes into play when both are forced to kill as many penalties as they have been.

 The Leafs have been short-handed 13 times in this Eastern Conference quarter-final, a trend which takes its toll on the penalty killers. They managed to keep Ottawa's vaunted power play off the scoreboard in six opportunities, but continued trips to the sin bin will be suicide.

 COMPOSED

 Perhaps that is easier said than done, given the constant tooting of the referee's whistles. Normally composed winger Alexander Mogilny, who snapped after receiving a hooking minor in the second period, can't figure out what will be called and what won't.

 "All we ask is for some consistency," he said.

 "Just watch the games around the league. One night they call everything, the next night they don't."


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