Blueliners are black and blue

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

They might be battered and bruised, but black-and-blue Buds Pavel Kubina and Bryan McCabe are expected to be back in the Toronto lineup against the Boston Bruins tomorrow night at the Air Canada Centre.

"They both should be fine," general manager John Ferguson said.

Kubina needed multiple stitches to seal a deep gash below his nose after he was smacked in the kisser by a puck in the second period of the Leafs' 3-1 loss to the Bruins Saturday.

A number of teeth were pushed back in his mouth upon impact, one of the issues the team's medical staff was forced to address during Kubina's 70-minute stint on the trainers table. After his displaced chicklets were returned to their original locations, Kubina was able to return for one final shift near the end of the game.

McCabe, meanwhile, took a shot off the right foot in the same period and hobbled to the bench, the pain etched on his face. But he managed to skate it off duriing a break in the action and eventually came back to finish the game.

TIM-BITS

When Bruins goalie Tim Thomas got the hook after a poor start against the Leafs earlier this month, questions about the Boston goaltending situation reached a fever pitch.

The Leafs would go on to win that game 6-4, but it is Thomas that is having the final laugh.

In the subsequent two meetings between the Leafs and Bruins, Thomas has been almost unbeatable, allowing just two goals in the past 120 minutes against Toronto.

After being between the pipes for the Bruins 2-1 overtime win in Boston Nov. 16, he led them to victory again on Saturday night.

LOOSE LEAFS

Feerguson said he had "no idea" if defenceman Jay Harrison had been picked up on waivers as of yet, adding he will not know anything until tomorrow at noon.


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