Leafs expect tough tilt

MIKE ZEISBERGER and LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

The Maple Leafs return to the scene of the crime tonight.

Toronto steps on to the ice at Philips Arena in Atlanta for the first time since that much-ballyhooed brawlfest against the Thrashers back on Oct. 14, a game the Leafs won easily, 9-1.

The two teams did meet again 12 days ago at the Air Canada Centre. Once again the Leafs coasted to victory, this time by a 5-1 count.

Most observers don't expect any silly stuff to break out when the teams clash for the third time this season. The Thrashers will be too busy attempting to figure out a Leafs team that has outscored them 14-2 in the previous two meetings.

"That first game clearly was an aberration in a number of ways," Leafs coach Pat Quinn said yesterday.

"It ended up being power play night after a while, yet it was a pretty even game until they started being goofy. They took all those penalties

"On that particular night Jeff O'Neill couldn't miss, Jason Allison was sharp and they started going in. And (Atlanta's) poor goalie, who was a rookie, I believe it might have been his first game. So you can't even call that a domination.

"The second game we were sounder, played well and earned the victory. But that first game does not equate domination to me. They do have a skilled team. You can see them moving up the ladder."

TUCKERED OUT?

Ronald Petrovicky wonders what might have been.

Petrovicky, considered in some circles to be Atlanta's toughest player, recently found himself scratched in two consecutive games. He questioned if the decision had anything to do with that 5-1 loss in Toronto.

"I should have fought (Darcy) Tucker," Petrovicky said recently. "He wanted to go."

PIGSKIN PUCKS

All that's missing from this week's Toronto Marlies-Hamilton Bulldogs home-and-home series will be Angelo Mosca and Leo Cahill.

The two teams will be donning football sweaters from their respective rival CFL teams for the games, tonight at Copps Coliseum and tomorrow at the Ricoh Coliseum. The special jerseys will be auctioned for charity at a later date.


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