Tellqvist not shaken

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

The sun came up yesterday morning, much to the relief of Mikael Tellqvist.

"I feel a lot better (today)," Tellqvist said. "I have my confidence back."

That confidence took a significant hit Thursday night when a shaky Tellqvist was beaten five times in a 5-1 loss to the host Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

The wobbly performance by the Swedish goaltender came just hours after he had learned that Ed Belfour had been placed on the long-term injury list with a bad back.

It certainly wasn't the way Tellqvist wanted to solidify himself as the Leafs No. 1 goaltender for the remainder of this season -- and, perhaps, the future as well.

But Tellqvist was in a more upbeat mood yesterday after being given the day off for a "maintenance day."

He likely will receive his eighth consecutive start tonight when the Leafs and Habs meet for the second time in three days at the Bell Centre.

"At the beginning of the season, I never thought I would be playing as many games as I am," he said. "It's amazing.

"It's a great opportunity, one I'd like to take advantage of."

CALL WAITING

Leafs pugilist Tie Domi received an unpleasant surprise when he was napping prior to Tuesday's game against Carolina.

"Hey Tie -- you are not playing tonight."

"I was told on my voice mail in the afternoon when I was sleeping," Domi said yesterday. "Luckily I didn't come down to the rink. It may not have been the same dressing room."

HABS UPDATE

The Canadiens once again are expected to be without defenceman Francis Bouillon, whose ailing ankle has not healed as quickly as planned.

But at least they should have defenceman Andrei Markov back. Fighting an ailing back, Markov played a strong game against the Leafs Thursday.

Christobel Huet will get the call between the pipes for the Habs.

By pulling five points ahead of Toronto, coach Bob Gainey said the Canadiens can now set their sights on the teams ahead of them.

"We put some space between ourselves and Toronto and can now allow ourselves to look forward," Gainey said.


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