Tucker: OT builds character

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

The Maple Leafs have played four consecutive games beyond regulation, going to a shootout three times before beating Calgary in overtime.

"Between the shootouts and overtime and up and down with the lead, we have faced a lot of adversity which will help us during the year," Darcy Tucker said. "We'll be in good shape at the end of the year if we keep playing overtime games. We're getting a lot of character-building."

Wellwood happy with Tigers

The overtime win by the Leafs on Saturday night was not the only reason Kyle Wellwood was wearing a smile.

A Windsor native, Wellwood is a big fan of the Detroit Tigers, who will make their first World Series appearance since 1984.

A friend of Wellwood has season tickets at Comerica Park and the Leafs winger figures he has been to about 50 games in the past two seasons alone. But he has not used his stature as an NHL player to try to get some perks with the Tigers.

"No, I've never even met any of them," Wellwood said. "Going to the games, you think you would identify with the players (as a fellow professional athlete), but you don't. You get in the role of the fan and you are in awe of the baseball players. "Being from the area, it's really exciting to see how the Tigers are doing."

LOOSE LEAFS

Mats Sundin, while scoring his 500th NHL goal on Saturday night, also moved into an eighth-place tie on the Leafs career list for games played. Sundin has played 838 games in a Toronto uniform, tied with Ron Stewart. Next up is Darryl Sittler, who played 844 games for Toronto. The leader is George Armstong (1,187) ... Jeff O'Neill appears to be nearly all the way back into coach Paul Maurice's good books again. Not only does O'Neill have four points in six games and is a plus-2, he was taking important faceoffs instead of his line's regular centre, Matt Stajan, in Saturday's game ... Though it has been reported the Leafs have an interest in free-agent defenceman Brian Leetch, the general belief is that Leetch will play for the New York Rangers or retire. General manager John Ferguson kicked Leetch's tires during the summer, but that was when the Leafs had more room under the salary cap. Trying to trade Mikael Tellqvist is not a true option because there is no market for back-up goalies right now.


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