Tucker is going to give it a shot

MIKE ZEISBERGER, TORONTO SUN

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

Darcy Tucker is the Energizer Bunny on blades.

Squished, crushed, pancaked, battered, bruised and beaten-up, the Maple Leafs forward just seems to keep going and going and going, no matter what kind of adversity smacks him in the face.

Or, in this case, the foot.

Having absorbed a shot to the skate during the third period of the Leafs' 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, the always-resilient Tucker missed two consecutive workouts including yesterday's practice at Lakeshore Lions Arena.

Afterward, to no one's surprise, Tucker said: "I hope to play against the Penguins."

But facing three games in four nights, beginning tonight in Pittsburgh, the injury-ravaged Leafs are taking no chances, calling up Marlies forward Boyd Devereaux as insurance.

TRY TO SKATE

Tucker will attempt to take the morning skate today at the Mellon Arena. If he still has problems wedging his swelled foot into his skates, he'll be a game-time decision.

"It feels a bit better," Tucker said. "If there is any way I can be out there, I'll be out there. It's still sore but, as of right now, it seems to be a case where we can get through (the pain)."

Devereaux, who has 131 points and 167 penalty minutes in 509 NHL games, was signed to a one-year, two-way deal in October after he failed to land a spot at the training camp of the Red Wings.

Having just returned from the Marlies' game in Syracuse Wednesday night, Devereaux admittedly was "groggy" when he got the call from Leafs general manager John Ferguson in the early hours yesterday.

"It's a good thing my wife answered my cell phone, or who knows if I'd even be here," Devereaux said. "They just told me to prepare to play. I felt if I played well with (the Marlies), I might get a shot."

Asked what Leafs fans can expect from him should he play, Devereaux was succinct.

"A tenacious player who is solid defensively, someone who works his (butt) off," he said.


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