Win puts Aubin's mind at ease

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:32 PM ET

Jean-Sebastien Aubin criticized himself after the Boston Bruins crept back into a game against the Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Aubin, in relief of the injured Andrew Raycroft, last night answered the man in the mirror.

"The guys played tremendous and for myself, it was great to have a strong third period," Aubin said after a 25-save evening in a 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens. "I finally got a good game under my belt. If you're not critical of yourself, there is something wrong."

Aubin did not have another puck go past him after Saku Koivu scored the Canadiens' only goal with less than six minutes left in the first period. Aubin was not drop-dead brilliant -- he didn't have to be, given the strong defensive showing in front of him -- but he was solid. After going 9-0-2 in 11 starts down the stretch last spring, the win last night was Aubin's first in regulation this season in six appearances.

But like any backup goalie worth his salt, the carrot is bigger for Aubin, who made 12 third-period saves.

"Right now I am the backup, but I want to be even more than that some day," Aubin said.

That might not come for a while. Raycroft said after the game he might try to go for a skate tomorrow and he still is keeping his fingers crossed that he can return Thursday night in Boston. That would be a week after Raycroft suffered a mild strain to his left groin in his old stamping grounds in Boston.

Another Leaf who is planning to play that night, which is Toronto's next match, is Michael Peca. Late in the second period, Peca was cut on the right side of his upper lip when he was struck by the puck. Peca lost the upper bridge in the right side of his mouth and had numerous stitches inside and outside his mouth.

Peca, who was bleeding as he left the ice, did not return to the game.

"I'll put in a new bridge (today) and have a nice smile for practice and be ready to go," Peca said as he rubbed the wound with a small block of ice. "The trainer said he stopped counting (the stitches)."

Aubin's other victory this season was against the Canadiens two weeks ago.

"We have to take every point we can," the Montreal native said. "So far it has been really good for our team, even with all the injuries."


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