Tucker on the limp?

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

BOSTON -- Darcy Tucker limped out of the Maple Leafs dressing room last night to an uncertain immediate future.

His left thigh bandaged tightly, Tucker said he will know better today whether a charley horse will keep him out of the lineup when the Atlanta Thrashers visit tomorrow night.

The 5-foot-10, 178-pound Tucker was crunched by 6-foot-7, 250-pound Boston Bruins defenceman Hal Gill with approximately six minutes left in the second period. Tucker went off the ice right away for the Leafs dressing room, but returned to score a power-play goal in the third period. He said there was no way he was not coming back.

"It's a 1-1 game and you expect a lot of yourself," said Tucker, who was in clear pain afterward. "It was a clean hit, and his knee hit me on the thigh. He caught me in bad spot and I have to be careful.

"I'll see what is going on with (his leg) this morning."

The Leafs have played the past four games with a completely healthy lineup.

While Tucker gutted through the third, Eric Lindros kept up his impressive scoring pace in the late stages of games. Lindros has scored eight of his 10 goals in the third period this season, and is on pace for 41 overall.

Lindros scored the winner last night at 8:08 of the third after a fine play by Tie Domi. The latter used a no-look, between-the-legs, backhand pass to get the puck to Lindros, who deked to his backhand to beat Andrew Raycroft.

"It just seems to open up in the third," Lindros said of his clutch goals. "I don't know why. I would like to have them spread out, but I am not going to turn them down."

Though some were worried about Lindros' health before the season, he is one of 10 Leafs who has played in all 20 games.

So has Jason Allison, who came out of an ice-time kerfuffle and trade rumours this week with two assists last night. Allison has been getting raked for his skating slowly and his ice-time request a few weeks back didn't go over well.

Allison has three goals and 16 assists.

"When we talked about having him join our team, the whole world knew he had been off 2 1/2 years and (he wasn't) just going to step in and be the player of yore," coach Pat Quinn said. "He is working hard at it and making some progress."

The Leafs entered last night with the league's top power-play and scored twice on seven chances.


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