Rare start for Raycroft

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

The Maple Leafs are taking no chances with Vesa Toskala's groin nor his scheduled start tomorrow in San Jose against his former Sharks.

Toskala was not overworked in his return to action Wednesday in a 5-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, but the Leafs wanted Andrew Raycroft for the second of back-to-back games last night against the Los Angeles Kings. Toskala had a record of 6-2 against the Kings with a shutout.

Toskala's return saw Scott Clemmensen returned to the AHL Marlies, who began eight straight road games last night in Milwaukee. But demotion isn't all bad for Clemmensen, as one of the stops will be to play in his home state against the Iowa Stars, farm team of Dallas.

BOY GOES HOLLYWOOD

Desmond Feher-Hill of Stoney Creek, a nine-year-old who plays elite hockey despite cerebral palsy, was the special guest of Kings defenceman Jack Johnson at last night's game.

The youngster was introduced to Johnson through neighbour Jeff Horne, the L.A. rookie's godfather. Horne and Des' father Scott are both passionate University of Michigan hockey fans and Des began following Johnson's career and wearing his No. 3 Michigan sweater. Johnson was picked third overall by Carolina in 2003.

Scott and Des met Johnson yesterday after the Kings' skate, receiving a stick and autographs and they spent the afternoon together.

"Des has been out of his mind about this trip," Scott Hill said. "We found out at 16 months about Des' condition, but he is a fighter and nothing will stop him. He plays defence and though it's hard for him to go from forward to backward, I've taught him to angle the puck carrier.

"Other than that, you wouldn't think he's different than any player. He's kept up his marks in school, too."

LOOSE LEAFS

Defenceman Anton Stralman has been picked for next month's AHL all-star game ... The Leafs will hang around L.A. today for an early afternoon practice and then fly to San Jose.


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