Just fine for Tucker

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- The Maple Leafs had just heard that Jason Allison would be out about a week with a fractured finger, so they didn't need Colin Campbell's fist coming down on Darcy Tucker yesterday.

A series of phone calls with the National Hockey League's disciplinarian put Tucker in the clear to play in last night's game against Pittsburgh after he received a match penalty on Monday against the New Jersey Devils. During a fight with rookie Cam Janssen, Tucker hooked a finger under his foe's helmet and delivered a couple of blows with it.

Campbell and Tucker spoke yesterday and Toronto coach Pat Quinn was informed the automatic review would not warrant a suspension. Tucker was fined $2,500 US.

Allison, meanwhile, blocked a shot with either his left ring or index finger and went straight to the hospital for surgery.

"They had to re-imbed the fingernail," Quinn said of the corrective procedure. "We got the old seven to 10 days (diagnosis) and we'll have to wait and see what happens."

The loss of Allison and the potential suspension of Tucker prompted a call to top Toronto Marlies scorer John Pohl.

"I was just about to go to bed and I saw on TV that Jason got hurt," Pohl said. "(General manager) John Ferguson called me a little later and next thing I was on the (team) plane here."

The Leafs got another scare when Carlo Coliaicovo left last night's game in the second period after jamming his right wrist. The X-rays came back negative.

Lindros and Alex Steen worked out with the Leafs here yesterday but Quinn indicated it was more of a chance for the injured forwards to break the monotony of practising alone in Toronto than a sign they might play Thursday against Buffalo.

"I guess we're getting closer, but we don't expect Eric (torn wrist ligament) for awhile yet," Quinn said. "I think Steen (dislocated thumb) is moving along better. But it still might be after the New Year."


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