Colaiacovo feels the sting

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Of all times for pass-happy Tomas Kaberle to actually shoot, this wasn't one of them.

Kaberle, whose reluctance to fire the puck has driven coach Pat Quinn bonkers at times over the years, unleashed a blast during the Maple Leafs' morning skate at the ACC yesterday.

Kaberle didn't hit the net, but he did find the left ankle of hard-luck Carlo Colaiacovo.

The young defenceman, whose injury history includes being nailed in the ear by a shot while playing for the Baby Leafs a year ago, was forced to sit out last night's exhibition game.

"It swelled up to the point where it was quite sore and he could not fit his foot in his skate," Quinn said after Toronto's 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

X-rays were negative, but Colaiacovo is not expected to accompany the team to Montreal and Ottawa this weekend. Should there be improvement in the next few days, he might be return next Tuesday against Buffalo.

The ailment is just another painful bump in the road for the smooth-skating Colaiacovo, who has been one of the more impressive players at training camp.

"I don't want to talk about (my list of past injuries)," the 22-year-old politely said. "I'm a superstitious guy so I don't want to hear any talk like that.

"I hope it's nothing too serious. It's a pretty good stinger. It was pretty painful.

"I told Tomas: 'You'd better be shooting like that during the games, too'."

The morning skate also gave forward Jason Allison reason to be optimistic.

Out with a groin injury for much of the past week, Allison, 30, was upbeat during the workout. But the Leafs chose to keep him out of the lineup last night to preserve him for the weekend games.

"It's frustrating," Allison said. "I feel great right now and I'm antsy to get in there. But it's probably better that I get a couple of skates in.

Meanwhile, the status of Darcy Tucker is up in the air after he was nailed by a shot late in last night's game.


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