500 points for Yanic

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

It was a milestone evening for Yanic Perreault at the Air Canada Centre.

Enjoying his third stint as a Maple Leaf, Perreault last night registered his 500th-career point in his 800th NHL game.

"It's special because it shows you have managed to survive in this league and enjoy some success," Perreault said after the Leafs' 6-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. "But the most important thing is the win."

KABERLES CATCH UP

Relieved that his brother has no ill-effects from a recent concussion, Frantisek Kaberle joined Tomas Kaberle for dinner Monday night.

Frankie wouldn't reveal who paid, saying only that he was glad that Tomas was back on the ice after being cheap-shotted by the New Jersey Devils' Cam Janssen March 2.

"It's very difficult to see your brother lying on the ice like that," the Carolina Hurricanes defenceman said yesterday.

"At first when I saw it I was really worried. I couldn't get a hold of him, so I talked to my dad, who had (conversed) with Tomas. That was a relief.

"It was a late hit. There is no doubt about it."

BROTHER ACT, PART 2

With his brother Jordan worthy of rookie-of-the-year consideration in Pittsburgh, Eric Staal was asked if his younger sibling has been mouthing off to him.

"The thing I have going for me is that I have my name on that trophy," Eric said, referring to the Stanley Cup. "Until he does that, what smack is he going to (fire) at me?"

NO BONES ABOUT IT

Maple Leafs broadcasters Joe Bowen and Harry Neale yesterday kicked off the countdown to the Broadcasters' Bottle Drive for Leukemia Research in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

On the weekend of May 26-27, The Beer Store, in partnership with United Food & Commercial Workers Local 12R24, will be asking for customers to donate a portion, if not all, of their empties to the society, with the goal of raising more than $500,000.

Bowen's son Sean was diagnosed with leukemia, but managed to courageously beat the odds.

Ottawa Senators broadcaster Dean Brown will join Bowen and Neale as part of the project.

For more info on the endeavour, go to www.bottledrive.ca.


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