Aubin returned to Marlies

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Farewell, Jean-Sebastien Aubin.

We barely knew ye.

Less than 24 hours after being called up to the Maple Leafs to back up Mikael Tellqvist, Aubin yesterday was sent back down to the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

Aubin had been summoned to sit on the bench for the Leafs-Mighty Ducks game on Monday because Ed Belfour was suffering from a slight groin injury.

But with Toronto not playing again until Saturday against Ottawa in the nation's capital, it made sense to return Aubin to the Marlies.

The Marlies play host to Grand Rapids tonight at the Ricoh Coliseum before travelling to Cleveland for a game on Friday night.

Leafs coach Pat Quinn has not ruled out a return by Belfour for the game versus the Senators at the Corel Centre.

SWEDE SMELL OF SUCCESS

Tellqvist has a lot of supporters within the Maple Leafs dressing room in his quest to be a part of Team Sweden at the coming Winter Olympic games in Turin.

"Mikael works real hard to stay ready," said forward Alex Steen, son of former Swedish national team member Thomas Steen. "He's been playing unbelievable for us. It's always good to see him in there."

Captain Mats Sundin, who is expected to return as captain of Team Sweden, does not yet know if Tellqvist or the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist will get the nod as starter.

"Either way, I'm sure he'll be on the roster," Sundin said.

"He's been great for us here in Toronto. It's hard to sit on the bench and wait your turn but he's managed to handle things very well."

THE NUMBERS GAME

Alexei Ponikarovsky is tied for the NHL lead in short-handed goals with three, while Bryan McCabe leads the league in short-handed assists with three ... Six of the Leafs' past eight game-winning goals have come on the power play ... Belfour needs one more shutout to become the active leader in that category. Both he and the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur have 75 ... Should Belfour manage to post one more whitewash, he would tie Chicago Blackhawks great Tony Esposito for seventh on the career list with 76.


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