'Bad blood' boiling

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

Ian White won't be looking for revenge tonight at Philips Arena.

But he's not going to treat Atlanta Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk with kid gloves either.

It's was on Nov. 25 at the Air Canada Centre when Kovalchuk high sticked the Toronto defenceman. The two ended up grappling as there was the sense that Kovalchuk intended to hurt White. The next day the Leafs were surprised that the NHL did not take any disciplinary action against the Russian superstar.

"We can take care of it ourselves, we have three more games (with Atlanta). If he wants to run around like that, go ahead. But if he wants to fight, let's fight. No cheap shots," White said at the time.

Following Toronto's 7-3 win in Pittsburgh on Saturday, White said that, no, he hasn't forgotten the incident with the Leafs taking on the Thrashers tonight.

"You never forgot something like that," he said. "It could be five years down the road. I'm not going to go out of my way to hurt the team, but I'm going to bring a physical game and I'm going to make it tough on every one of their players, whether it's Kovalchuk or whomever.

"There is some bad blood there and it might not take much to get going. But I'm not going to go running around either."

SCHENN UPDATE

Rookie defenceman Luke Schenn, who has missed the past four games with a knee strain, skated in Pittsburgh after practice on Friday. But he said that the knee still hurts and it will still awhile before he can take part in a regular on-ice workout, adding that there is no time set for his return.

DROPPING THE GLOVES

Leafs tough guy Andre Deveaux has been putting his fists where his mouth is lately, dropping the gloves at least three times the past week.

The former Marlie has taken some heat though for not dancing with Penguins enforcer Eric Godard in the third period on Saturday night. The Leafs were up by five and Wilson specificially told Deveaux not to drop the gloves.

Godard was hit with a cross-checking minor and a 10-minute misconduct while Deveaux skated away with nothing.

"Sometimes you have to be smart," Deveaux said.


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