It's actually a home crowd

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Though his team lost 3-2 to the Leafs, Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish claimed to have won a small victory in crowd support.

According to tongue-in-cheek MacTavish, the loud backing the Leafs traditionally get in the home of the five-time Stanley Cup champions is on the wane.

"As the generations go on, it's less and less of a factor," MacTavish said. "Loyalty and good sense is getting bred into future generations and getting eliminated from transplanted Ontarians who came out here to get work.

"But it's still a well-kept secret in Fort McMurray (Alta.,), in their Newfoundland community, that the National Hockey League has expanded to Edmonton. Everybody up there has a Dave Keon sweater."

MacTavish doesn't really mind the racket the Leafs' visit inspires in both camps.

"It just creates energy in the building," he said.

JOVO A NO GO?

The Leafs might catch a break tomorrow night, with the Canucks' Olympic team defenceman Ed Jovanovski a possible scratch with a groin injury. He skated yesterday, but is having some difficulty.

Team Canada coach Pat Quinn is seeing plenty of next month's Olympic team on this trip, including Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr, Ryan Smyth and tomorrow, Todd Bertuzzi.

"I'll probably pay attention to those players," Quinn said. "But it's not really important right now. When that time comes, like with the (gold medal Canadian) juniors, you have to become a team in a very short period of time. We'll be looking at doing that when the time comes."

COMFORTABLE WITH TELLY

Defenceman Ken Klee says goaltender Mikael Tellqvist has reached a comfort level with the Leafs where there are little or no transition problems when he subs for Ed Belfour.

"Telly's been awesome for us all year, from his first game in Philadelphia to (Saturday's win in Edmonton)," Klee said. "We work hard with him every day. He's a smart kid, who likes to talk and likes to move the puck, similar to Eddie.

"He watches every game that Eddie's in. When we come to the bench during a game, we talk to Telly and get his take as well."

The Leafs were given yesterday off in Vancouver.


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