Blake in joking mood

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

With a technicolour bruise around his left eye, Jason Blake was a little late for Halloween.

"It improves my looks," the Leaf winger joked after his first practice since picking up a shiner from Steve Downie's sucker punch during a Saturday scrum against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Blake, an eight year NHL veteran, was not looking to have the rowdy rookie thrown out for another 20 games, but sounded like he would've liked him to sit one or two, rather than be assesed a small fine by the league.

"I'm just thankful there was no structural damage," said Blake, who should play tonight against the Ducks. "He crosschecked Alex Steen in the back and I came in thinking he was going to do it again."

While Blake was being restrained, Downie bopped him.

"I don't care who it is, but in the overrall picture, there's no place for it," Blake said. "You don't want injuries that will keep you out the whole season."

LOOSE LEAFS

Richard Peddie, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., joins the team today. He makes one road trip with the Leafs a year to look at other arenas, though the timing of this one is interesting, given Toronto's dicey playoff fortunes ... Wade Belak has been practising as a defenceman the past few days...The Leafs enter three games against Western teams this week with a record of 8-16 against that conference since the lockout. Of equal concern is the Leafs are 5-13 in one-goal games this season and 1-12-1 when trailing after two periods ... The Ducks had scored no more than two goals in five of their previous six victories, until putting five past the Nashville Predators at home on Monday. Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf has an eight game point streak on the go ... The Leafs were last in Anaheim in 2003, though they haven't won here since March 11, 1998 when Mike Murphy was coach ... This trip will be a homecoming of sorts for former Duck Chad Kilger, ex-King Blake and former Shark Vesa Toskala. The Leafs were visiting Anaheim in 1996 when the rookie Kilger found out he'd been swapped to the Winnipeg Jets for Teemu Selanne.


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