Quinn gets the message

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Clarke Wilm was peeved.

Tie Domi was shocked.

Both Maple Leaf veterans had no problems expressing their displeasure at being healthy scratches during a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night.

Obviously coach Pat Quinn was listening.

Both Domi and Wilm were inserted into the lineup for the finale of this two-game series against the Habs at the Bell Centre.

Big deal.

Even with them suited up, the visitors were waxed yet again by the Canadiens.

Taking the place of Wilm and Domi in the press box were Matt Stajan and rookie Aleksander Suglobov, who looked brutal Thursday night and was benched for much of the second period.

It was the second time in four games that Stajan has been a healthy scratch.

Rest stop?

When goalie Mikael Tellqvist took Friday off from practice, there were rumours that he might be hurt.

Not so.

It was merely a rest day for the young goaltender, who is not accustomed to playing this many games.

Last night was his eighth consecutive start, easily a career high.

"When you have five games in eight nights, it's especially important to get a maintenance day whenever you can," Tellqvist said. "It was good for me."

You couldn't tell by his performance last night. He was jittery for the second consecutive game, although he wasn't the only Leaf to turn in a sub-par performance last night.

Despite all the road games the Leafs have faced in the month of March, Tellqvist is no stranger to living out of a suitcase.

"Last year we had a 25-game road trip when I was with St. John's," the young Swedish goalie said. "So this is not nearly the toughest (trip) I've gone through."

Maybe not in the amount of kilometres racked up.

But it might be the toughest when it comes to the scoreboard, given the team's back-to-back poor showings against the Canadiens.


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