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Leafs lose Mogilny for Thrashers

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Alexander Mogilny will likely not be available for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night when they visit the Atlanta Thrashers.

Mogilny was knocked out of Tuesday's 4-3 victory over San Jose in the first period after being checked into the boards by the Sharks' Brad Stuart. Mogilny did not move for five minutes before being helped off the ice and was diagnosed with a back injury.

"These guys play a tough game," said Toronto coach Pat Quinn, who celebrated his 59th birthday. "You don't have to be cheap on top of that. And to me, that was cheap."

Mogilny, who missed three games from January 15-19 due to back spasms, second on the team with 26 assists and 43 points. The Leafs lost all three games he missed.

Bryan McCabe holds the hot hand for the Leafs.
Defenseman Brian McCabe scored twice as Toronto avoided a three-game skid Tuesday's. McCabe's power-play goal with 1:44 elapsed in the third period gave the Leafs a 4-1 lead and they held off a late San Jose rally.

Atlanta has had little success this season but has won both meetings with Toronto. Rookies Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk each scored twice as the Thrashers posted a 5-4 victory here on December 28. Milan Hnilicka made 26 saves for the Thrashers. But the Maple Leafs paid for giving Curtis Joseph a rare night off as Corey Schwab made just 15 saves.

Atlanta also claimed a 3-2 victory at Toronto on January 15. Kovalchuk and Heatley again each scored and Hnilicka made 40 saves.

The Thrashers have lost three of their last four games, including a 4-2 setback to Phoenix on Monday. Kovalchuk and defenseman Jiri Slegr had the goals for Atlanta.
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