Belfour's status uncertain

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Mikael Tellqvist is becoming quite familiar with the Boston Bruins this season, but it's not clear if he'll face them in goal a fourth time tonight.

Though Ed Belfour was absent from practice yesterday -- on top of a team day off Sunday -- there's no word on how his rehab day progressed.

"We'll have some information (today)," general manager John Ferguson said last night."

Earlier in the day, coach Pat Quinn said Belfour was being assessed by club medical personnel, having not played since a busy 2-1 shootout loss on Long Island on Friday night.

"As you know, he's got things that need tending to," Quinn said, possibly alluding to Belfour's history of back woes. "So it was a tending-to day."

But Tellqvist, who earned rave reviews for his work in a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday, is good to make back-to-back NHL starts for the first time in more than two years. He has a 1-2 record against Boston, the only team outside of the Buffalo Sabres he has faced more than twice this season.

"Of course it will help, but Boston has undergone a lot of changes, too," Tellqvist said. "They have (Mariusz) Czerkawski over there now and he's probably anxious to score on us.

"They're a hard-working team coming off a rough game in Buffalo (a 6-2 loss) and they'll be hungry."

Speculation has begun that Tellqvist's rise to prominence this year has distracted Belfour, who usually works best as an undisputed No. 1. But Tellqvist claims they are getting along famously, despite an age gap of nearly 15 years.

REALLY PUMPED

"I learned a lot from Ed and the way we're feeding off each other is good. I got really pumped up seeing him play against the Islanders, a game he probably should have won. I tried to carry that against Tampa."

Defenceman Wade Belak has seen Tellqvist mature this season.

"Obviously his experience (winning gold) at the Olympics is going to help him," Belak said.

"He's the perfect backup and he'll probably be the No. 1 guy here in the next few years. We treat him like the No. 1 now and he plays like it when he's in net. He's only going to get better."


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