Not a traditional eight-pointer?

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:37 PM ET

Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson refused to attach any more weight to a game against the Penguins than he does to any other team.

“We have to keep chipping away,” Wilson said following the Leafs’ pre-game skate on Wednesday. “We’re not going to win a game and get eight points because we’re playing Pittsburgh.

“We’ve got to try to get one or two points and go from there.”

Wilson also is growing weary of all the doom-and-gloom talk around his team.

“Despite what everybody’s writing about us, we’re 5-4-1 in our last 10 (prior to Wednesday),” Wilson said.

As for finding a way to stop the Penguins captain, Wilson says good luck with that.

“If it was that easy, everybody would be shutting (Sidney Crosby) down,” Wilson said. “He’s a special player. We probably won’t be successful shutting him down, we have to minimize the damage.”

Get Jiggy

A nagging groin injury can be troublesome for any player but particularly for a goaltender, as Jean-Sebastien Giguere has learned over the past month.

Jiggy returned to the Leafs lineup on Wednesday to back up Jonas Gustavsson, hoping his recent troubles won’t dog him all season which meant James Reimer was returned to the Marlies.

Giguere has been with the team for the two-game road trip with the team but sat out the game in Washington on Monday. The veteran re-injured his groin on Saturday night but stayed in the net for the duration of a shootout win over the Boston Bruins.

Giguere explained that the scar tissue from the original injury sustained on Nov. 16 was aggravated in the Bruins game.

With The Monster getting the start against the Penguins, he moves ahead of Giguere in games played this season- 15-14.

There’s a good chance Giguere will even that up Thursday at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Winning formula

It’s no surprise to Crosby that the Leafs entered the game Wednesday with a solid 7-2-1 record when his former teammate, Colby Armstrong, is in the lineup.

“I’m sure we will see a bunch of him tonight,” Crosby said following the Penguins’ game-day skate. “He’s a great guy, great team player and he brings a lot of character into any room.

“He was a lot of fun when he was here, but he’s a tough guy to play against.”

Crosby, by the way, is sporting what is best described as a dodgy-looking moustache, but don’t expect it to be shaved any time soon.

One of the more superstitious players in the league, we’re guessing he doesn’t want to mess with his points streak, which was extended to 17 games with a first-period goal on Wednesday, or the 10-game winning streak his club took into the game against Toronto.

Either Orr

Penguins forward Brooks Orpik has plenty of respect for Leafs tough guy Colton Orr and it goes well beyond his fighting ability.

Orpik said that he remembers Orr as an effective defensive forward when he was with the New York Rangers.

“When he played in New York, he was the guy who would match up with (Crosby’s) line all the time,” Orpik said. “He’s obviously gotten a lot better as a player and it’s something that he probably worked at and prides himself in.

“His reputation is as a tough guy or a fighter, but he’s a guy who can score some goals.”

Loose Leafs/b>

Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle had four points in his previous four games before last night ... Even though he grew up in Quebec, Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury wasn’t one to hate the Leafs. “Nah, but a lot of my friends did,” Fleury said. “But I couldn’t. Felix Potvin was my favourite goalie.”


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