Hold the mustard, Kyle

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Pat Quinn sounded like TV's disciplinary dad Ward Cleaver when asked about Kyle Wellwood's failed trick shot in the third period last night. A fluke bounce behind the net gave Wellwood a chance in the slot and as he's done a few times in his junior and AHL career, Wellwood drew the puck between his skates and attempted to snap it with his hands behind his back. But he missed Jamie McLennan's cage.

"He's going to end up in the stands if he fools around like that," Quinn said without cracking a smile. "There's a time and a place for tom-foolery. It's a 1-1 game and that might have been our only good chance (to win the game)."

The rookie was not aware he was in hot water with the coach.

"(Attempting the shot) was the first thing that came to mind when the puck came around the net," Wellwood. "I thought it was spinning and I just tried to put it in the best way I knew how. Obviously, I could've done something better."

SURGERY FOR NIEUWY?

Ex-Leaf Joe Nieuwendyk spent yesterday in Cleveland having his wonky back examined by Dr. Tony Minacci and surgery is a possibility for the Panthers' forward.

"It will be another day before we know what will happen," said Rick Curran, Nieuwendyk's agent. "No decision (on surgery) has been made yet."

Nieuwendyk, 39, has been bothered by back problems in recent years and missed part of the playoffs in 2004 when the problem flared up.

Nieuwendyk has already been out of the Florida lineup for five games with spasms.

TAKE THE LUONGO WAY HOME

While many players would relish a chance to play the Leafs in Toronto, Vezina Trophy candidate Roberto Luongo took a pass last night for what he sees as a more important date. He'll start tonight in front of friends and family in Montreal at the Bell Centre against the Canadiens. Luongo had a legitimate injury concern when he asked coach Jacques Martin for the switch.

The last time he played back to back, he felt the warning signs of a groin injury and the way top goalies in the NHL have been falling this season, he didn't want the risk.

"With the new NHL, there are more shots," Luongo said.


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