Tellqvist doesn't want rest

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Mikael Tellqvist's sixth consecutive start marks the longest run by a Leafs' back-up since Corey Schwab replaced an injured Curtis Joseph for 10 games in the second half of the 2001-02 season.

Tellqvist has waited three years for this chance, so the last thing he wants to hear are questions about his fitness to play so many games in a row.

The Leafs have back-to-back games just twice in their final 15 matches, making it easier for him to play out the regular schedule if need be.

"He's done it at the minor league level," coach Pat Quinn said of Tellqvist's three-games-in-three-nights experience in the American Hockey League.

"We haven't seen that from him yet, so we're in new territory. We'll be communicating with him very closely to see how it's going."

Jean Sebastien-Aubin, the former Penguins' No. 1, is here as back-up until Ed Belfour feels better.

KILGER INSTINCT

Of all their controversial personnel moves, the Leafs keep getting good value for their waiver acquisition of Chad Kilger from the Canadiens in 2004.

"We didn't have the expectations of him being a great scorer," Quinn said. "But he's been a strong player who has scored some important goals for us. I'm not a statistics freak, but I've been told he has the most even-strength goals of any of our forwards (14)."

JOB ISN'T DONE YET

Jason Allison thinks the Maple Leafs only have half the work done they need to for it to be a successful week. The Leafs head into Montreal today.

"We didn't necessarily think we'd be tied with them or within two points going in, but it would obviously be nice to win both games, and be a point up, a point down, or even," he said. "They'll be great games."

LOOSE LEAFS

Doug Weight was a late scratch for the Hurricanes with an upper body injury ... There are rumours the Canes will take another try at signing Jack Johnson, their No. 1 pick last year (third overall) once his freshman year at Michigan ends.


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