Originally created 04/16/04

Leafs have two key injuries going to Game 5

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs could be missing Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin for Game 5 of their first-round series against the Ottawa Senators.

"I don't know what the chances are. Neither one is 100 percent at this point so we'll have to see," Leafs coach Pat Quinn said Thursday. "All I know is that both are still under evaluation. Both are questionable, I would say."

Nieuwendyk returned home with a sore back before the Maple Leafs' 4-1 loss in Ottawa on Wednesday, which tied the series at 2-2. Sundin left in the third period with a left leg injury.

Both players skipped practice Thursday.

Asked if there were any chance he'll play Friday, Nieuwendyk said: "Absolutely. I feel better. We'll see how it goes."

Said Senators goalie Patrick Lalime: "They're both key players, (but) you've got to approach it like they're in there."


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