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NO RIGHT FOR WHITE

Ron Wilson likes Ian White's offence, but not enough to put the defenceman back on right wing.

White had the Leafs' only goal in Tuesday's overtime loss to Tampa Bay, giving him seven points in 13 games and a tie for fourth in scoring on a team out-scored 52-31 so far.

"I think he's playing way too well on the back end, where he has helped out a lot," Wilson said yesterday. "If I have to do that, I would, but I'm not thinking about it right now."

Phil Kessel's return certainly bolsters the right wing crops, but a couple of weeks ago, Wilson suggested returning White to where he moved last year to save his place on the team.

SHOOTING STAR

Kessel will gladly settle for a repeat of Tuesday's career 10-shot night when the Leafs play in Carolina tomorrow night. But next time he wants to score on a couple.

Kessel came back from shoulder surgery and showed the quick release that earned him 36 goals last season.

"His timing was off," Wilson said. "Phil was hitting the middle of the net instead of the corners. That will change."

OVER WROUGHT ON OT

The Leafs are more than halfway to tying the club record they established last season of seven straight overtime games. But there were a few wins tossed in last season and this streak is 0-4.

"You can't walk away happy with a point," centre Matt Stajan said. "Minor mistakes are killing us."

Said Wilson: "It's frustrating, like the movie Groundhog Day, every time you wake up you go into overtime and we struggle to score. But you fight through and eventually good things will happen."


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