Steen does his part

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

Having finished his dealings with the media, Alex Steen disappeared into the bowels of the Maple Leafs dressing room, plopped himself on a bench in front of his locker and put his head between his knees.

The frustration of the Maple Leafs' 6-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres obviously was being felt by the young forward, although he certainly did his part to keep his team in the game.

With Mats Sundin on the shelf, Steen was shifted from the wing to centre and responded with a pair of assists.

"We were all prepared to play without Mats," Steen said.

RUFF WATERS, PART 1

Like most management types from the Maple Leafs and Sabres, Lindy Ruff was not enamoured with the outcome of the game between the seventh-place Boston Bruins and eighth-place Philadelphia Flyers yesterday afternoon.

With the Leafs and Sabres each pursuing those two teams for a playoff spot, the Flyers and Bruins finished a three-point game, with Boston winning 3-2 in overtime. The outcome gave the Bruins two points, the Flyers one.

"There are going to be three-point games," Ruff said prior to last night's Sabres-Leafs tilt. "They will be watched, too.

"You will curse at one, cheer at another. That's how it works."

Did you, in fact, watch the Bruins-Flyers matchup, Ruff was asked?

"Yeah."

Did you swear at the result?

"Yeah."

One thing about the long-time Sabres coach: He's honest

Interesting note: the Bruins' comeback probably helped out Ruff in the long run. Had the Flyers held onto the lead the Sabres would be trailing Philly by two points this morning instead of just one.

RUFF WATERS, PART 2

While on the subject of Ruff, it's obvious he has some issues with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ruff was outspoken after the Sabres' 7-1 victory over the Hurricanes on Friday, accusing a number of Carolina players, including Eric Staal, of diving.

The Sabres coach was not backing off those statements yesterday, either.

"I was concerned about that," Ruff said. "He's a big man who does not need to go down so easy.

"I've said it before, and I'm not going to duck away from it -- I feel they have guys who embelish, guys who go down too easy."

LOOSE LEAFS

Both the Leafs' Kyle Wellwood and the Sabres' Thomas Vanek were benched by their respective coaches in the third period.

THE WHITE STUFF

When it comes to goal scoring, it is feast or famine for the Maple Leafs' Ian White.

When the young defenceman scored the opening goal in Toronto's 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday, it was his first goal since Jan. 15.

Last night he scored the Leafs' first goal again, marking the second consecutive game in which he lit the red light.

BY THE NUMBERS

When the Flyers allowed 55 shots to the Leafs Tuesday they became the first team this century to give up 50-plus shots in consecutive games against the same team.


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