Big D demolition derby

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

Leafs' practice turned into a Dallas demoltion derby yesterday at American Airline Arena.

Big Nik Antropov collided with Darcy Tucker and nearly squashed him like an accordian, Tucker and Bryan McCabe also crossed paths, Andy Wozniewski ripped a shot off Mark Bell's ankle and later, during a coverage drill in front of Andrew Raycroft, the beefy Wozniewski stuffed both Alex Steen and Raycroft into the cage.

But left winger Chad Kilger looked the worst for wear. Trying to get back in the lineup after a week off with a leg injury, he aggravated it late in the workout and slammed the gate in frustration as he went to the bench.

"I hit a rut and tweaked it a bit," Kilger said. "I'm just day-to-day."

Thus, no lineup changes are expected tonight against the Stars, except perhaps in goal.

GETTING HIS BELL RUNG

Talking about the difference in styles between the Eastern and Western Conferences, winger Mark Bell was about to agree the West had bigger players. Then he thought of Zdeno Chara, the 6-foot-9 defenceman of the Bruins and a painful run-in they had a few years ago when Bell was a Chicago Blackhawk and Chara an Ottawa Senator.

"Brian Sutter was my coach so you know he wanted me to hit him." Bell recalled. "I went after him behind his net with a full head of steam. He ended up getting me right in the sternum with his shoulder. I got back to the bench and could hardly move, but of course Brian was going 'great play, way to go.'"

LOOSE LEAFS

With only four wins in 13 home games, the Leafs were not complaining about getting out of town, adding a day to their Dallas -- Phoenix trip which included the Cowboys -- Jets football game. "It's good to get away, when you think we've played the most games out of anyone in the league so far," captain Mats Sundin said ... Toronto hopes to win games on consecutive nights for the first time this season after failing on three tries. It hasn't done it in seven opportunities since Jan. 30-31 of last season, with road victories in Carolina and Manhattan ... Centre Travis Green, who wasn't retained by the Leafs after they picked him off waivers from Anaheim last year, has surfaced with Zug of the Swiss League. Agincourt's Anson Carter, who always seemed to be mentioned in years past when the Leafs were looking for depth at forward, is now out of the NHL and with Lugano of the same League ... Goalie Paulo Colaiacovo, twin brother of oft-injured Leafs' defenceman Carlo, is now with the Tilburg Trappers, a top team in Holland.


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