November 1, 2010
Leafs' MacArthur hit by shot
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
Clarke MacArthur’s six goals, second-most among Maple Leafs after Phil Kessel’s team-best seven, weren’t enough to excuse him from participating in deflection drills on Monday.
MacArthur wishes they were. The 25-year-old doubled over in pain and smacked his stick in frustration at the MasterCard Centre after he absorbed a Luke Schenn slapshot in the mid-section.
“I took one right off the bone,” MacArthur said, without identifying which one. “Whatever. It’s what you have to do. You are going to get hit, no big deal. You have to learn how to (deflect shots) in practice.
“What we have to do is score. We have to get in front and re-direct pucks and get traffic. We did a lot of that (in practice) and hopefully it carries over (to games).”
Tough luck about getting hit where it hurts most, coach Ron Wilson said.
“That’s hockey,” Wilson said. “It’s going to happen. You hope it doesn’t, but if you don’t practise those things, you are not going to improve.”