Tucker sports Easter-egg look

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:54 PM ET


 Darcy Tucker's young son, Cole, barely gave daddy a second look yesterday morning, despite the fact his father's mug was a black-and-purple mess.

 No time to worry about the ol' man when there were Easter eggs to be had.

 "The interesting thing is, I've got a pair of Easter eggs under my eyes," Tucker said, gesturing to the swollen welts he picked up during the Maple Leafs' 2-0 win Saturday over the Ottawa Senators.

 "He did ask if a bad man hit daddy with a stick. Usually its daddy who does the hitting."

 With that, Tucker let out a light-hearted chuckle, an amazing feat considering even a small smile probably hurt his face.

 While Tucker claims to be day to day, anything short of being run over by an OC Transpo bus on the way to the Corel Centre likely will not keep him out of the lineup for Game 3 of the Battle of Ontario tonight.

 After missing 14 games with an abdominal injury, Tucker was at his feisty best during Game 2. Even 6-foot-9 behemoth Zdeno Chara could not intimidate the diminutive Tucker, who had the Senators back on their heels from the opening faceoff.

 "That's Darcy to a T," Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe said. "He was a big spark for this club. He puts a lot of pressure on their defence on the forecheck."

 Given the state of his face, don't expect Tucker to grace the front of many magazines during the coming days.

 "With my teeth, I won't be on too many covers either," McCabe said, laughing.

 There was no such levity on the other side of the dressing room where Mikael Renberg was addressing reporters.

 Because of a recurring hamstring ailment, Renberg was replaced by Tucker for Game 2 on a line with Mats Sundin and Gary Roberts. Barring last-minute changes, that same alignment should remain intact tonight.

 "I'm not putting a timetable on a return because I don't want to disappoint myself," Renberg said.

 "It's frustrating. Instead of taking three months to let it heal in the summer, maybe I need six. The doctors told me (Saturday) it won't be something I have to live with forever, but for right now I just want it to heal."

 Wade Belak is eligible to return after serving a suspension, but don't expect him to be inserted into the lineup tonight.


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