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Yushkevich hopeful, Quinn disappointed

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
by John McCauley


TORONTO - Dmitry Yushkevich is still trying to make a comeback this year and the likelihood of that should be known soon.

Maple Leafs' doctors that examined Yushkevich declared the blood clot hasn't dissipated, according to a report in the Toronto Star. Yushkevich suffered the injury in his leg back on February 5.

The rugged defenceman is on blood-thinning medication and isn't able to play contact sports as it stands right now. An alternative procedure could have Yushkevich playing again but that will be up to a blood-specialist, who was reviewed the case Thursday.

The Leafs are going to hold off announcing the specialists' prognosis until it's known for sure what Yushkevich can or can't do.

In other injuries ...

  • Alexander Mogilny is still suffering from a cracked vertebrae and won't be in the lineup any time soon despite predictions he would be back for game in Montreal.

  • Curtis Joseph is continuing ultra-sound treatment on his broken hand and believes he may be back for the last week of the regular season.

  • Wade Belak and Garry Valk have recovered from the flu bug that had them both lose close to 20 pounds this past week. Both are expected to play in Montreal.

  • Mikael Renberg wasn't able to complete practice with a hamstring injury on Friday. His status isn't known but now that the Leafs have a few guys back the winger may not play.

  • Jyrki Lumme will play after a two-game suspension.

    Hopping Mad

    Head coach Pat Quinn was back behind the bench after missing one game while attending General Manager's meetings but he didn't like what he saw.

    The Leafs' lackluster defensive performance of the Three Crowns line in their 6-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings and drew some of his ire. Quinn was critical of Mats Sundin, Jonas Hoglund and Mikael Renberg's backchecking efforts, which cost them a back-breaking goal early in the third period.

    "That line didn't check a lick all night long,'' Quinn told the Toronto Sun. "We closed it (the game to 4-2) to two at the start of the third period and these guys go out and stand like cigar-store Indians."

    Sundin wasn't ducking the blame after the game.

    "We didn't have a very good game, that's for sure," said the captain, who scored his 34th of the season. "The first shift in the third, when we had a chance to get back in it, you can't give up a goal like that. We have to take responsibility for that for sure.''

    Quinn didn't lay any of the blame on the Leafs' goaltending. Corey Schwab was yanked after letting in three first-period goals. Rookie Sebastien Centomo let three more in during the final two frames.

    "We could put in the Great Wall of China and if we play like that it doesn't matter," said Quinn.

    Toronto gets a chance at redemption Saturday night in Montreal but not before what could be two tough days of practice.
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