TORONTO - Defenceman Mike Komisarek’s struggles will end for now.
Komisarek, who has seven points (one goal and six assists) in 27 games and is minus-3, will be out of the lineup for up to 10 days after suffering an injury on Wednesday in Pittsburgh versus the Penguins.
“He got tangled up in one of the scuffles and hurt his fingers,” coach Ron Wilson said.
“A week to 10 days, and he should be back.”
The injury kept Komisarek from playing against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night and he did not practise on Friday.
Jay Rosehill returned to practice after missing the Philly game with an upper-body injury.
Captain Dion Phaneuf doesn’t read the newspapers or watch sports highlight shows on television, but assured reporters on Friday that they shouldn’t take it personally.
“You can’t really pay much attention to it, and you can’t take it to heart whether it is good or bad,” Phaneuf said. “That’s no offence to you guys. Your job is to report on what you see and your opinion.
“I respect the job you guys do. You report to our fans that cannot be in the building. Sometimes it is good, and sometimes it is bad. It’s definitely more negative than positive. That’s easier to report.”
That might be the case, but being negative is fairly easy when the Leafs are nine points out of a playoff spot.
Phaneuf made it clear that Wilson, in his mind, should not be considered a scapegoat.
“I think you guys are searching for something, trying to pin it on our coaching staff, not only him but the rest of it and management,” Phaneuf said. “I don’t think that is very fair. We’re the ones that are out on the ice. He has the ear of everyone in the room.”
THAT’S THE SPIRIT
The Leafs spent the past 48 hours helping spread some cheer to young medical patients. For Thursday’s game it was Children’s Wish Night with players and their wives donating 28 pairs of tickets. Close to 60 guests visited the dressing room for autographs and photos.
Phaneuf, Tim Brent and a few others were to board a Canadian Forces helicopter and land on the roof of Sick Kids hospital on Friday with gifts, but the air show was cancelled by snow.
“I’m willing to bet that more than any team in the league, we support these causes,” Wilson said. “The worst thing that can happen to any player is that they have a child who is sick. We want our players to appreciate what they have in their own lives.”
The Leafs shouldn’t get too excited that the Canadiens were playing against the Red Wings on Friday night in Detroit and might be tired for Saturday’s game. The Leafs’ record against teams that have played the night before since the start of 2009-10 is 7-16. In nine of those contests, the Leafs also were in action the night before ... There have been 775 regular-season and playoff meetings between the Leafs and Habs since 1917. Montreal leads 324-283-88-9.