Bozak needs ear protection

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

First line centre Tyler Bozak continues to wear a protective guard over the earhole on the left side of his helmet after getting struck with a puck shot by Phil Kessel during practice on Sunday. "The ear drum is messed up so I don't have much hearing on my left side," Bozak said before letting a zinger fly at his linemate. "It's not too bad. It kind of helps me not listen to Phil here when he's yapping in the room." Both Bozak and the third member of that trio, Kris Versteeg, have been a nice complement to Kessel but recognize the need to start adding some scoring. Versteeg, who has just one goal, missed a couple of good chances Monday in the Leafs' 2-1 OT loss to the Islanders. "Sometimes scoring goes in bunches but I'm not worried about it," Versteeg said on Tuesday. "If I wasn't getting any chances then I'd be worried. But anyone who tells you being snakebit doesn't suck is lying to you." Leafs coach Ron Wilson generally is pleased with the speed of his top line and the scoring opportunities they generate -- except for one thing. "The only thing that drives me nuts sometimes is their shift lengths are too long," said Wilson, who issued the Pugilism same concern last week. "But that's something I'm probably going to be complaining about all year." TRAINING IN TRUCULENCE In his brief time as a Maple Leaf, fourth-liner Mike Brown hasn't been afraid to drop the gloves, often taking on opponents outside of his weight class. Always looking to get better at his craft, however, Brown got a lengthy lesson from team heavyweight Colton Orr following practice at the MasterCard Centre. "You can always get better at anything you do," said Brown, who has been a gritty addition. "Taking lessons from (Orr) is a good thing. "We were just talking about working on my balance. I've been losing my balance a little and he just told me I've got to pupil square up and plan my feet." NET GAMES Wilson confirmed the goaltending plans for the rest of the week -- sort of. Wilson said Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Jonas Gustavsson will each get a start, but declined to reveal who will face the Rangers on Thursday and who will take on the Flyers in Philadelphia on Saturday. "They'll split the next two games. You just have to come to the game Thursday to see who is going to start," Wilson said. "The goalies know who is playing but they're instructed not to tell you guys." LOOSE LEAFS One reason for the Leafs' early success has been the lack of opponents' shots on goal. The Leafs have allowed a league-low 23 per game and it's paying off. "When you keep the shots on goal down, it limits their chances and the ones you do give up you want to keep to the outside," captain Dion Phaneuf said. "We've done a good job of that and we've got to keep getting better." ... Judging by Wilson's praise of Brett Lebda, who was solid in his first game as a Leaf, he won't be leaving the lineup any time soon. "I loved the way Brett Lebda played in terms of moving the puck and skating with it," Wilson said.

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