Tucker, Peca ham it up for N.Y. media

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

The New York Islanders' media had to see it for themselves yesterday.

Not only are one-time foes Darcy Tucker and ex-Isles' captain Michael Peca on the same team, they have adjoining stalls in the Maple Leafs dressing room. A playful Tucker even gave a Long Island TV station golden footage as he barged into the Peca scrum and gave the latter a hug.

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"They'll love that in New York," Tucker laughed, knowing that anyone in slap shot range of Nassau Coliseum still loathes him for the 2002 low-bridge hit that knocked Peca from the playoffs.

But Peca assured the visitors that he considered the incident to be ancient history.

"As time goes on, it's not really as big an issue as it's made it out to be," Peca said.

"I've had things happen with people, but things go away and it has never been a concern. We came together. Our boys are good friends and play hockey together."

Peca has not forgotten his three years on the Island, inviting a few old teammates to his house for dinner on Sunday.

Jason Blake recalled the impact of losing Peca before the Leafs won that seven-game series.

"It was unfortunate that we lost our captain in a series that could've gone either way," Blake said. "But what are you going to do? It happened five years ago. Things change and (Peca) has moved on to a great place to play hockey. I'm happy for him."


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