Kilger trying to become centre of attention

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

BOSTON -- Chad Kilger's audition is off to a rousing start.

Having spent the majority of his NHL career on the wing, the veteran forward looked right at home at centre in the Maple Leafs' 4-3 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins yesterday, notching a goal and an assist.

Coach Paul Maurice hinted that Kilger might fill injured centre Kyle Wellwood's spot on the second line with Darcy Tucker, although that is far from a certainty.

"Chad has played some of his best hockey the past few years when he has been with Tucker," Maurice said.

Other than working on his faceoff skills, Kilger said he is "very comfortable" at centre.

"I started my career there," Kilger said. "It's an adjustment. I don't think I'll be in deep forechecking as much."

LOOSE LEAFS

Forward Boyd Devereaux has resumed skating and might see his first pre-season action tomorrow against the Ottawa Senators. Devereaux has missed all of training camp so far with a foot infection ... The announced crowd figure of 10,877 at the TD Banknorth Garden was a joke. In reality, it was closer to half that total ... All seven Boston shooters were thwarted by Leafs goalie Scott Clemmensen in the shootout, setting the stage for Pavel Kubina's winner ... Tucker is among the Leafs said to be nursing minor strains.


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