JFJ ticked at icing hit

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

General manager John Ferguson naturally was angry at what he saw as a reckless slew-footing of defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo by the New York Rangers' Petr Prucha on Sunday, underlining his own wish to see the NHL alter its rule on chasing pucks for icing.

"I'm a proponent of touch icing," Ferguson said of an ongoing debate at the league level, "but there has to be a way to keep the thrill of the chase without the risk of injuries.

"That (play by Prucha) had nothing to do with the chase; he just grabbed his shoulder, turned him and took his feet out from under him."

Colaiacovo aggravated a right knee injury that has bothered him since missing a game on March 16 and is questionable for tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

FEDORUK FEELING FINE

The Flyers' Todd Fedoruk, in the middle of the anti-fighting storm, has reminded reporters it's a knee problem that will sideline him the rest of the year and not a head injury from the punch he took from the Rangers' Colton Orr. Fedoruk hurt the knee on his way to the canvas.

Fedoruk joked that he and trainer Jim McCrossin almost came to blows that night because the player didn't want to be taken off on a stretcher. The Flyers now employ Riley Cote as an enforcer.

Tonight they could be using rookie defenceman Ryan Parent in his NHL debut, five days after his Guelph Storm were eliminated from the OHL playoffs. Parent grew up watching the Leafs in Sioux Lookout, Ont.

"I woke up this morning expecting to practise with the (AHL) Phantoms," Parent told the Camden Courier-Post. "I got here, got changed and they brought me right over (to the Flyer room). It's a lot to take in in one day."

Parent came to the Flyers from the Nashville Predators in the Peter Forsberg trade.

"You get knocked out (of the playoffs), you're upset for a minute," Parent said. "But then you get a call and you're coming down to Philly. Things look a little brighter when that happens."

LOOSE LEAFS

It was 75 years ago yesterday the Leafs won their first overtime playoff game, beating the Montreal Maroons 3-2 on a goal by Bob Gracie at 17:59. It was 74 years ago today that Ken Doraty ended the longest game in Leafs history at 104 minutes 46 seconds of overtime in a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins.


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