Familiar foes for Toskala

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

This could be a big week for goaltender Vesa Toskala, coming off his first shutout as a Leaf on Saturday and the first ever by a Toronto goalie in a home game against Ottawa.

The Leafs play the Boston Bruins tomorrow, a team that had trouble scoring at the ACC, followed by road games in Dallas and Phoenix. Having played his whole career in the Western Conference, Toskala is most familiar with those teams and has a combined record of 13-6 against the Stars and Coyotes.

Toskala had shaken off a flu bug the past few days, during which Andrew Raycroft played well, but not well enough to follow up a 3-0 shutout in Buffalo with a win.

Noting the measly 24 shots the Senators took on Toskala on Saturday, defenceman Hal Gill credited the Leafs forwards.

"We had a high guy in their end and a guy playing well down low in ours," Gill said. "When that happens, our defence can be more aggresive in the gaps."

WELCOMING BACK BRYAN

After two months of almost steady criticism of Bryan McCabe, Leafs teammates couldn't come up with enough superlatives about him after his big game against the Sens. McCabe played a team-high 30:14 with two power-play assists, six hits and three blocked shots.

"That's why he's getting paid like he is," captain Mats Sundin said of McCabe's often quoted $7-million US salary this year.

McCabe was reunited with Tomas Kaberle much of the evening, with Kaberle also getting a pair of assists. And how's this for karma? Kaberle's ice time came in at 24:24 a double match of McCabe's jersey number.

LOOSE LEAFS

Sundin's 10th goal of the year on Saturday gives him 13 consecutive seasons in double figures as a Leaf... It was 78 years ago today that Hib Milks and John McKinnon became the first pair of opponents to each get a hat trick against the Leafs in the same game. It has happened a total of nine times, the last by Hartford's Joe Mullen and Dana Murzyn on Feb. 22, 1990.


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