Life of Bryan drags on

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

In addition to rallying behind Jiri Tlusty yesterday, the Leafs got behind Bryan McCabe after his second overtime gaffe in a month.

McCabe's soft pass to Nik Antropov on Tuesday night was picked off by Mike Komisarek of the Montreal Canadiens and turned into the winning goal on Andrew Raycroft.

"Andrew said it himself that when you're playing 3-on-3 and there's all that open ice, a breakaway or a 2-on-1 will decide it," winger Alex Steen said. "Bryan had a good chance to win it, too."

Coach Paul Maurice called McCabe's continuing bad luck with injuries and defensive blunders "disappointing."

"But we put him in a lot (high-pressure) situations," Maurice said. "We're hopeful parts of his game are coming back. He's getting some hits in our zone and he's getting shots off on the power play."

But Maurice agreed McCabe often tries to force the puck too much and gets into trouble.

HAL-MARY PASS

Hal Gill won't be imitating Meadowlark Lemon again very soon.

The 6-foot-7 defenceman's behind-the-back hand pass landed him in the penalty box Tuesday and gave the Habs a 5-on-3 that led to their opening goal.

"I don't know what you'd call what I did, but it would've been a lot more funny if we'd won," Gill said. "The puck was supposed to just hit the boards and sit there, but it went off something else and forward (about five yards)."

It was pretty clear that he closed his hand on the puck to get that kind of distance.

LOOSE LEAFS

The previous time the Leafs were in Boston, in January, Steen had a hat trick in a 10-2 win. He and McCabe combined for 11 points in the eight-game series, while ex-Leaf Brad Boyes, who led the Bruins with eight points, now is with the St. Louis Blues ... Antropov and Boyd Devereaux had three takeaways each for the Leafs on Tuesday ... Mats Sundin's assist against the Canadiens was his 1,268th NHL point, moving him past Jean Ratelle and into 32nd place in NHL history.


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