Quinn baffled by SOLs

MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Pat Quinn likes what he sees in practice, but once the shootouts begin, Quinn has problems watching.

"We practise it regularly," Quinn said when asked if he thought he needed to emphasize the shootout a little more. "We've had, what, four of them and won one. I don't know, in practice we look pretty good."

In Friday's shootout in Carolina, the Leafs were 0-for-3 with two shooters not even hitting the net. Quinn has no explanation for his team's lack of production in this area.

"It's one of those things," Quinn said throwing up his hands. "The goaltender generally has the upper hand in one-on-ones, but (Friday in Carolina) we made two efforts and we didn't even come close. Whether that's play selection or shot selection, deke, shoot the angles you come in at, there are a lot of things you think about."

WHAT GOES AROUND ...

It was a different set of referees and a night later, but Quinn had to be feeling a little revenge was exacted last night. In Friday's shootout loss, Quinn felt his club was denied a win it fully deserved when referee Rob Schick disallowed a goal replays appeared to show was scored not just once but twice.

"I don't know why those things happen and nobody explains why, when they do get it wrong, but there's sure not anything we can do about it today," Quinn said after the Leafs morning skate.

About 10 hours later however Quinn felt luck was on his side for a change. Mats Sundin's overtime winner was actually meant to be a pass to Jeff O'Neill but the pass hit a Canadiens defenceman in the skate and bounced right back to Sundin, who banged it into an empty net.

"We were fotunate on that one," Quinn admitted. It also didn't hurt that the Leafs were handed a man advantage for the first two minutes of overtime when Kevin Pollock called Craig Rivet for a questionable tripping penalty at the conclusion of regulation.

WELCOME BACK

Clarke Wilm is back in the lineup, moving Marius Czerkawski back to the role of spectator. Wilm, who has not played since Nov. 6 and was a healthy scratch in eight of the past nine games, was in uniform last night.

Wilm skated on a line with Matt Stajan and Tie Domi.

WHERE'S THAT STORK?

For the second night in a row, the Leafs were without forward Darcy Tucker. Tucker was on the ice for the morning skate and hopeful that his wife, Shannon would be able to have the baby in time for him to get back to the rink and play last night. Even before that scenario didn't play out, Quinn sounded hesitant about starting him.

"We're not going to put him at risk," Quinn said. "I know he's on standby. I suppose if (the birth) happens early in the day he might be available but if he runs in here at 6:30 p.m., I probably won't play him. I don't want to put him at risk because his mind will be somewhere else."


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