Scapinello chips in

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

Observers at Lakeshore Lions Arena were caught off-guard yesterday upon seeing Eric Lindros apparently lining up on the wing beside Jason Allison.

Had coach Pat Quinn finally given in and shifted the Big E from centre?

Not so fast, the veteran coach said.

"We were practising power plays and wanted the (units) in the same coloured jerseys," Quinn said, warning reporters not to read too much into what they saw.

In an interesting twist, retired NHL linesman Ray Scapinello was on hand to help out at practice.

"It's good that he was here," Quinn said. "During faceoffs, it helps guys to try and anticipate when the puck is dropped. Also on the power play, it's good to know what you are allowed to do under the rules."

Quinn hopes that Scapinello will return for future practices.

TELLING SIGNS FOR TELLY

If Mikael Tellqvist continues to shine like he did in Toronto's 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins Thursday, his hope of representing Sweden in Turin might come to fruition.

"That's one of my goals this year -- make the Olympic squad," he said.

"I was in Salt Lake City and really want to go back. That was awesome. Hopefully they'll pick me again."

Tellqvist, who recently met with officials of Team Sweden, has broken his pinky finger twice this season.

"It's nothing I really want talk about because guys have worse injuries than that," he said.

TUCKERED OUT

With Darcy Tucker testing out his ailing quadriceps today before deciding if he can suit up against the Atlanta Thrashers, Mariusz Czerkawski waits to see when he'll get the opportunity to return to the lineup.

"I know he wants to get in there and that's understandable but we'll just have to see what happens," Quinn said.

Czerkawski, Wade Belak and Clarke Wilm are the candidates to dress tonight if Tucker can't go.


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