Tucker just keeps on going

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

Wade Belak has seen Darcy Tucker survive some scrapes with injury, but Monday night's game must have set some kind of record.

Already rushing back from a cracked bone to play the Boston Bruins, Tucker bruised his shoulder when he was flipped into the boards by Paul Mara, then was cut in the forehead when Andrew Alberts put a shoulder into him.

"It's tough to keep that guy down," Belak laughed. "He had missed two games and I'm sure it was killing him. He's like the Energizer Bunny. I'll have to get one and put it in his stall."

Coach Paul Maurice had his own theory.

"Darcy doesn't sweat, he bleeds," Maurice said.

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS

The Leafs are going to have to wrap up a proposed tribute to their 1967 Cup champions by March 1.

The NHL has decreed any such game-night ceremonies must be concluded by that date in order to keep team and public focus on what are expected to be close conference playoff races.

"We're just trying to make sure that games scheduled at 7:30 p.m. don't start at 8:10," said Mike Murphy, the NHL's senior vice-president, hockey operations. "We had a couple of situations last year where teams came out, waited around and as a result, did not get off to good starts."

Many teams have their own policy restricting activities such as autograph signings and charity appearances once the playoffs draw near.

A ceremony honouring the 40th anniversary of the last Leafs title is in the preliminary stages.

A DAOUST RUN RUN

Winger Boyd Devereaux has three points in three games as a Leaf, one of the best starts by a Toronto player since Owen Nolan had six goals and two assists in his first six outings here in March of 2003. The record since 1980 is points in nine games by Dan Daoust in 1982-83.


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