Maple Leafs Looking to Pressure Lalime

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 4:16 PM ET

 PATRICK LALIME nearly was run out of Ottawa this season for inconsistent performances but the Maple Leafs aren't worried about running the Senators goalie out of the net.

 Toronto would settle for simply applying more pressure on Ottawa's No. 1 netminder.

  The Leafs scored on two of their first four shots on Lalime in Game 1 on Thursday but failed to connect on their final 13 in a 4-2 Ottawa win.

 That they didn't create more opportunities on a guy who looked a little shaky was playing in the corners of the Leafs' minds yesterday.

 "Nothing petered out," Alex Mogilny said. "Don't forget, we are playing a very good hockey club. We're going to try to put more at him and get some traffic, but at the same time stay away from the penalty box. It is difficult to get offence when you are short-handed."

 Said Mikael Renberg: "I don't think we tested (Lalime) enough. We had a couple of good chances, but we have to create more and test him harder."

 There's some thought the Leafs would have a greater effect in the Senators' zone if Mogilny was moved back on to the top line with Mats Sundin and Gary Roberts. Mogilny has been playing recently with Ron Francis and Chad Kilger.

 "I am very happy where I am," Mogilny said. "Everybody is getting moved. There are 20 guys and it is a team game. It doesn't matter who you are playing with."

 The Leafs realize they won't have much luck with Lalime if they just start shooting at him from various spots on the ice. Toronto knows it must improve its forechecking, more or less over night, and from there it will provide itself with more scoring opportunities. Getting past giant Sens defenceman Zdeno Chara is half the battle, but the Leafs have had previous success against Ottawa with Chara in the lineup.

 "It's not one player for them," Sundin said. "It is more us that has to be smarter. We have to get the puck low in their end. We didn't do that (in Game 1) except for a couple of times in the first and late in the third."


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