Wozniewski on the mend

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Andy Wozniewski has left the frustration behind and now is just trying to get accustomed to a long road to recovery.

The Maple Leafs defenceman had surgery on his separated right shoulder two weeks ago and is optimistic he can return to the lineup this season.

"It's a long process and there is nothing I can really do about it," Wozniewski said. "It was just an unfortunate accident. But things are getting better every day."

Wozniewski was hurt Oct. 7 during a game against the Montreal Canadiens.

RINGING UP BELL

Rookie defenceman Brendan Bell will play in an NHL regular season game in his hometown of Ottawa tonight and has no interest in re-living the embarrassing loss to the Senators on Tuesday night.

"They came into our building and walked all over us," Bell said. "We have to try to take something out of that, even if it is just the sour taste. There has to be a little bit of redemption and a little bit of revenge."

Bell, 23, did not know how many family and friends will be at the game tonight.

RETURN OF ANTROPOV?

Forward Nik Antropov made it through practice yesterday without falling down and hurting himself. Will he be available for the Leafs on Saturday in Montreal after recovering from an ankle injury he suffered Oct. 1 in the last pre-season game?

"He has to be reasonably close, but he still has not gone through a real rigorous extended skate," Leafs coach Paul Maurice said.

In other words, probably not.

REIMER RULES

Goalie James Reimer, the 99th pick overall by the Leafs in the entry draft this past June, yesterday was named Canadian Hockey League goaltender of the week.

Reimer, who tends the net for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League, was 2-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .968 save percentage last week.


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