Leafs, Sens ready to rumble

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Don't expect Matt Carkner to give the finger to the Scotiabank Place crowd Tuesday night.

Or fingers, as the case may be.

The personable Ottawa Senators tough guy will leave those antics to Colton Orr, his regular sparring partner with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

During the Leafs 2-1 shootout victory over the Sens on March 6, here in the nation's capital, Orr defeated Carkner for the third time in four bouts this season. When the two players finally were peeled apart, Orr celebrated his third win over Carkner by holding up three fingers as he skated away, much to the chagrin of the Senators and their fans.

Now, less than two weeks later, the Sens and Leafs meet for the first time Tuesday since Orr put his highly-publicized antics on display.

Even Carkner himself knows he and Orr could very well be chucking the knuckles again. And, should the young Senator win, everyone wants to know if he will flash two fingers in honour of his second victory over Orr.

"No, I'm just going to skate to the box," Carkner said Monday. "I'll refrain myself from doing that other stuff.

"It's annoying seeing (Orr's flashing-of-the-fingers) but it doesn't really bother me all that much."

Carkner chuckled upon seeing how many reporters flocked to his locker after practice to ask about a potential "Carkner-Orr: Part 5."

"It's part of the game and everybody loves the story," Carkner said. "Colton's always ready and willing, so we'll see what happens. I'm not really trying to think about it, because we need some wins going into the playoffs.

"I just want to put my best foot forward (if it does)."

The Sens could be without forward Mike Fisher, who is doubtful for Tuesday's game after leaving practice with an undisclosed injury. At the same time, Ottawa is poised to welcome back winger Nick Foligno, who has missed the past 13 games with a broken leg.

As for the visitors, Jonas Gustavsson is expect to start in goal for the Leafs, who have won three of five meetings against the rival Senators this season.


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