Shanahan upset at non-calls

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

The Leafs played too rough with Jaromir Jagr last night in the opinion of Rangers winger Brendan Shanahan, whose voice carries a lot of weight at NHL headquarters.

Reacting to what he believes is routine disregard for the well-being of a star by all clubs, Shanahan sounded off after Toronto's 2-1 win.

"Guys hit him late, guys hit him high, guys hook his hands," Shanahan complained. "The referees just seem to have a different set of rules (for playing Jagr).

"It's like the analogy I always say: The NBA didn't let people grab (Michael) Jordan by the waist every time he went up for a jump shot. It's not just tonight's refs, it's every night.

"Not since (Slava) Fetisov came over from Russia have I ever seen a star player get ignored by the referees."

HURTING TUNES

You know the Leafs are struggling with injuries when the replacements start getting hurt.

That was the case with winger Boyd Devereaux, forced to miss both ends of the back-to-back road games with a nagging leg muscle injury. The Leafs placed another Marlies callup, Kris Newbury, in for a second game last night.

"He's day-to-day," coach Paul Maurice said of Devereaux, who initially was not expected to miss any time at all after his blade got caught in a slit where the boards and the ice meet at home on Saturday. "He wouldn't have pulled himself out of the lineup after the warmup in Carolina, but he didn't fight us, either, which is usually a sign (he's hurting).

"I thought Kris played a good game (on the fourth line with Travis Green and Wade Belak) and Chad (Kilger) looked comfortable moving over to the right side (third line)."

LOOSE LEAFS

Toronto's amazing success against the Southeast Division continues. It has a record of 9-6-0 this season, has beaten Carolina twice in Raleigh this year and has a combined mark of 72-29-10-2 against the Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning ... With an assist on Tuesday, Mats Sundin nosed ahead of Bob Clarke in career NHL points, 1,211 to 1,210. Sundin is now 38th, with Larry Murphy (1,216 ) and Jean Beliveau (1,219) coming up.


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