Leafs report

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

DANGEROUS LEAFS?

Brooks Laich wasn't going to make it sound like he was playing Sidney Crosby and the Penguins Friday night, but the Caps centre said -- with a straight face -- that the Leafs can be dangerous in their own right.

"They've got a lot of quick forwards, small guys, but they are very quick," Laich said following Friday's pre-game skate. "I think they understand they are not the most talented team so they get their goals by going to the net. They are very aggressive in the offensive zone. It doesn't surprise me they lead the league in shots.

BLUE LINE HELP?

Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek didn't make the trip to Washington but he's getting closer to returning to the lineup after missing the past seven games with an upper body injury. Coach Ron Wilson said Komisarek could get into the lineup towards the end of the current road trip, possibly in Florida.

STAYING PUT

Caps captain Alex Ovechkin had a sarcastic reply to suggestions that he was considering leaving for the Kontinental Hockey League because of issues with the NHLPA.

"I'm leaving after the game, I have a private plane," Ovechkin said. "I'm upset, but there's nothing I can do about it right now."

LOOSE LEAFS

Wilson once again scrapped the morning skate as the team was to play its third game in four nights and flew to the U.S. capital after Thursday's game ... Defenceman Jeff Finger was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive night.


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