March 17, 2010
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
Fredrik Sjostrom is back, but so is a lineup headache for coach Ron Wilson.
The winger completed a projected two-week recovery from a shoulder injury to be available against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. Sjostrom is a big benefit to the Leafs' penalty killing, which was on its way to getting out of its 30th place standing when he was hurt.
"I'm hungry to get back," Sjostrom said. "It wasn't a hard hit, just a little accident and I was in a vulnerable position. It happens when you least expect it and when you least want it."
Sjostrom was on a line with Rickard Wallin and Jamie Lundmark when he was hurt, but forward Luca Caputi arrived in the interim. Wilson will likely either re-form Sjostrom's line or drop Lundmark, who was initially claimed on waivers to fill out the roster after the trade deadline.
Winger Colton Orr was missing from practice, but Wilson called it "a maintenance day."
PHIL UP ON GOALS
With 26 goals, Phil Kessel has one more than last season's top Leaf, Jason Blake. And Kessel has played just 58 games. That would translate to 40 in a full season.
"Hopefully you can get more," Kessel said. "I've had a lot of chances and they weren't going in. Now they are."
Wilson has now moved to 15th in wins among Leafs coaches. The Ottawa victory gave him 58 the past two seasons, one more than the Leafs' original coaching tandem of Conn Smythe and Alex Romeril, between 1927-30.