Secrets? Not Sundin

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

Mats Sundin would prefer if people didn't jump to such quick conclusions.

When the Maple Leafs captain missed the morning skate at New York's Madison Square Garden on Saturday, suspicions arose that Sundin might be hurt.

Sundin, who played in the Leafs' 4-1 victory over the Rangers, was surprised to hear how many conspiracy theories were making the rounds about his health.

"(Secret) injury? Not that I know," Sundin said with a chuckle yesterday.

"I'm 36 years old and we've played a lot of hockey lately. I might miss the odd skate. There are still 70 games left to go."

BRYAN'S SONG

Like Sundin, defenceman Bryan McCabe did not take part in the club's optional practice at Lakeshore Lions Arena yesterday.

With his team on a two-game winning streak, McCabe has no timetable for rehabbing the groin injury that kept him out of the Rangers game.

"There's no real game plan about when I'll be back on the ice," McCabe said. "I'm just getting treatment right now. When it feels ready, I'll try it."

McCabe has been able to ride the stationary bike for the past few days, an encouraging sign.

"I don't feel the need to rush back, especially with the guys playing well right now," he said. "I don't feel pressured at all."

CZECH MATE

Jiri Tlusty's parents watched their son's NHL debut against Pittsburgh four days ago, a game that featured two goals by the Toronto rookie.

"It just happened to be the game picked up by Czech TV," Tlusty said yesterday. "Of course, it was shown late at night. I phoned them after (the win) and it was five in the morning for them."

Tlusty has been in touch with all kinds of family and friends since his memorable friends, including the people he lived with in Sault Ste. Marie last season when he was a member of the OHL Greyhounds.

Is he nervous about making his regular-season home debut tonight against Washington?

"Not really. Although it's a difficult step up to the NHL, I feel comfortable right now."


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