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Injuries still hurting, Healey helping

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
by John McCauley


TORONTO - The Leafs will take any news as good news when it comes to injuries these days.

Dmitry Yushkevich still has a chance to return for the playoffs and Robert Reichel returned from back spasms to help the Leafs pound the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-2, on Tuesday night.

On the negative side, an MRI revealed that Gary Roberts has torn rib muscles and will be sidelined for 10 to 14 days. Mikael Renberg continues to rest his hamstring and he may be out two weeks depending on how he responds to treatment. His injury won't fully heal until the offseason.

Gary Roberts will be out 10 to 14 days with a rib muscle injury.
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Curtis Joseph is making progress with his broken hand and is eyeing the last week of the season as a return date.

"We've had injuries and we're going through a tough time, but every team does," said Tie Domi, who scored twice in 34 seconds against the Lightning. "We started out poorly, but we got into a groove. Now we want to keep it going with the playoffs coming."

The Leafs put together four goals in an 85-second span in the third period, which is a team record and five seconds off the league record. Mats Sundin and Reichel added to Domi's pair. The tally of seven goals was the biggest scoring output of the year for Toronto.

HEALEY HELPING

Paul Healey was an afterthought when he signed a minor-league contract with the Leafs last summer but the right people are starting to take notice.

Healey scored a pretty goal, in tight on Lightning netminder Nikolai Khabibulin, to tie the game at two in the second period. The former Hamilton Bulldog also added an assist and was playing on a line with Mats Sundin much to his delight.

"It was incredible," Healey said of playing with the Leafs superstar. "I didn't want to get caught up in it too much. I just wanted to relax and try to play the best that I can and I thought I did that tonight."

Healey has now been called up three times this season and Pat Quinn believes that he could crack the lineup on a regular basis if his success continues.

"Healey was called for Renberg and he's still a ways away," Quinn said. "He had a terrific game tonight, you never know. Your job is to obviously field the best guys and if he works his way into the best 12 he won't be going back."

THIS AND THAT

  • Mikael Renberg has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy. It is awarded to the player that best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Renberg played in Sweden last year to be closer to his daughter.

  • Alexander Mogilny scored probably his best goal as a Leaf to get his team back in the game against the Lightning. The Russian magician turned a Tampa defenceman inside out on the rush then slipped a shot five-hole to turn the game around.
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