Stick a 'fork in it

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Bryan McCabe waived goodbye as he left the ice, having just finished scrapping with the Montreal Canadiens' Gregory Stewart with only a handful of seconds left in another unforgivable Maple Leafs season.

It was a fitting tribute to the so-called Muskoka Five of McCabe, Darcy Tucker, Mats Sundin, Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina, who ended 2007-08 in less-than-glorious terms.

When the final horn sounded at the Bell Centre, the Leafs season came to a close with:

- McCabe in the dressing room, having been given the heave-ho for fighting.

- Tucker was in there too, having gone fist city with the Habs' Josh Georges just three minutes earlier.

- Kubina in the penalty box after taking a cross-checking minor with 108 seconds remaining in the game.

- Sundin nowhere to be found, his season having ended earlier in the week because of a tear of his groin muscle.

In the end, Kaberle was the only member of the Muskoka Five who actually was doing active duty when the season ended.

Keep in mind all five refused to waive their no-trade clauses at the trade deadline.

McCabe admitted spearing Stewart in the game's final moments.

"Yeah, I pitchforked him. Twice," McCabe said. "There's three seconds left, the puck is being iced and he's ramming me. I don't need to get my knee blown out getting rammed into the boards."

Stewart, a Toronto native who was playing in the East Coast League just one year ago, said McCabe's shots "didn't hurt me."

As for McCabe, he once again was asked about the possibility of leaving during off-season housecleaning. Various reports suggest the Leafs will try to move him to the Islanders, since his off-season home is on Long Island.

"For the umpteenth time, I signed here to be a Leaf," said McCabe, who holds all the cards with his no-movement clause except, of course, if the Leafs buy him out. "Sure I make mistakes. But I play hard."

Jason Blake, meanwhile, inferred he hadn't been used properly this year, which many observers took to be a backhanded shot at coach Paul Maurice.

WELLWOOD DOING WELL

Forward Kyle Wellwood is resting comfortable after having a "minor procedure" done on his injured groin last week in Philadelphia and should have no problem being ready for the 2008-09 season.

But will it be as a member of the Maple Leafs?

Wellwood, who earned $950,000 US this season, had only eight goals and 15 assists in 59 games, thanks in part to the lingering effects of the injury.

Wellwood underwent sports hernia surgery 14 months ago, then had follow-up surgery in September. This time, the problem was on the other side.

DADDY DEAREST

Leafs forward John Pohl and his wife, U.S. women's national team captain Krissy Wendel, are expecting their first child June 13.

"Yup, that's the big day," Pohl said yesterday.

"We had an ultrasound and it's a girl. That's a shock. Where I come from it's a house with four boys. We (Krissy and himself) brought our mothers to the ultrasound, and they were saying, 'Oh look there's a hand, there's a finger' ... then it was like: 'Oh, it's a girl.' "

So what's the name going to be?

"Top secret," Pohl said. "If I told you, my wife would have to kill me."

EASY RYDER

Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau still is hopeful that injured forward Michael Ryder might be available for his team's playoff opener, which likely will take place Thursday at the Bell Centre.

"I don't think he's 100% (but) I think he's doing really good," Carbonneau said of Ryder, who is out because of a leg injury.

"We weren't sure a couple of days ago if he was going to be able to skate (but he) skated this morning.

"There's no risk to take with him. We know what he can do on the ice. We'll give him another four, five days to get ready for Thursday."


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