INJURED LEAFS SKATE
Centre John Mitchell and defenceman Carl Gunnarsson have resumed skating on their own as they inch back from long-term knee and elbow injuries respectively.
"I hope to practise with the team in Edmonton next week," Mitchell said yesterday. "It's going well.
Gunnarsson can't yet shoot a puck but hopes to meet the goal of coming back some time after the Western Canadian road trip. But there was no sign of winger Viktor Stalberg yesterday, as he missed his second game with a shoulder injury.
KABBY VS. DOMI
Last night marked defenceman Tomas Kaberle's 777th game as a Leaf, as many as scrappy winger Tie Domi played between 1995-2006. The striking differences are Kaberle's 468 points to Domi's 196 and Domi's franchise record 2,265 penalty minutes to Kaberle's comparatively spotless 214.
Mike Komisarek was booed with vigour by the many Canadiens fans last night, but earlier in the day was chatting about memories of being a Canadien for six years. Spotting a group of French-Canadian media outside the Leafs room he gave a hearty "Joyeux Noel."
"I knew I remembered something," he said of his language lessons.
Ron Wilson couldn't hold off Jacques Lemaire any longer. With Lemaire leaving the Minnesota Wild for his old post with the perennially successful Devils this year, Lemaire caught the Leafs boss for seventh overall in wins by an NHL coach last week.