Wilson says Quinn gets calls

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

Ron Wilson couldn't help but take a few jabs at an old buddy on his way out of the Air Canada Centre last night.

The San Jose Sharks coach, who was an assistant coach under Pat Quinn in the early 1990s with the Vancouver Canucks, paid Quinn a couple of weird compliments.

Wilson figured Quinn got a few favours from referees Dan Marouelli and Dean Warren.

"Pat Quinn is like an old lounge singer who works the room, and he does a masterful job here," Wilson said. "I have worked with Pat and I know how he gets on some guys and it is kind of strange. Anyway, we won the game."

But Wilson was not overly impressed with the Leafs' Eric Lindros. At one point late in the second period, Alyn McCauley was whistled for interference after he and Lindros fell together behind the Sharks net.

"I can't believe how easy some of their big guys fall down," Wilson said. "There is Eric Lindros with the puck, and how do you take it off him?" You really can't. So he backs into (McCauley) and Lindros pile-drives him into the ice. Al should have to issue an apology for getting in his way."

Wilson had no problem with a penalty called on defenceman Rob Davison midway through the second.

After goalie Vesa Toskala's stick was broken in a collision with Lindros (that also got Wilson's back up), Davison threw his own stick to the netminder.

"That's a penalty," Wilson said.

Not that Wilson had steam coming out of his ears. He was relieved the Sharks have won a couple in a row after going 10 games without a win.

"We are gradually getting our swagger back that we had after the pre-season," Wilson said. "(The Leafs) just keep coming at you, and they have three No. 1 centres (in Mats Sundin, Jason Allison and Eric Lindros), but we survived. We got some breaks that we would not have had two weeks ago."


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