More pain for the defence

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:14 AM ET

Jay Harrison went for tests yesterday on a old problem that may have popped up.

The Maple Leafs defenceman missed a month last season after getting a bone chip removed from his right hand.

Harrison, who played in Montreal against the Canadiens on Saturday night after he was a healthy scratch for four consecutive games, felt some discomfort in the hand in the past few days and did not play against the Atlanta Thrashers last night.

"I don't think it is too serious but at the same time the pain is recurring and we want to make sure," Harrison said.

Wade Belak took Harrison's spot on the blue line last night.

Pavel Kubina, meanwhile, skated yesterday morning. Out since suffering a knee injury against Florida on Oct. 9, Kubina is not expected back in the lineup in the next week, coach Paul Maurice said.

And goalie Mikael Tellqvist, who was ending a two-week conditioning stint with the Toronto Marlies, suffered a fractured finger in practice with the AHL club. GM John Ferguson said Tellqvist is out indefinitely.

PRESSURE FROM WITHIN

Goaltender Andrew Raycroft had a unique spin on the pressure-cooker that is being a Maple Leaf in a city that lives and dies with its NHL team, and in turn, gets plenty of coverage in the media.

"You guys know what you are talking about most of the time," Raycroft said, referring to the group of reporters standing around him after the morning skate.

"So if we are playing bad, it's not you guys saying we are bad that affects us. It's the fact we probably think we are not doing well that affects us."

Incidentally, neither of the men the Boston Bruins decided to keep instead of Raycroft -- Hannu Toivonen nor Tim Thomas -- have been great this season and there is word the Bruins are hunting for a goaltender.

"I didn't know that," Raycroft said with a big smile that indicated otherwise. "I'm happy to be here and let them figure out what they need to do."


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