The Maple Leafs go into winner-takes-all Game 7 against the Boston Bruins with a bit of a controversy.
Tyler Bozak is day-to-day with an undisclosed upper-body injury and his replacement — Joe Colborne — could be in hot water with coach Randy Carlyle.
The Leafs kept Bozak’s injury a secret, right up until game time. Bozak even took the pre-game warmup, though it was lost on no one that he never handled the puck and only ever had one hand on the stick.
Colborne made his playoff debut, and played well in his 15 minutes, centring Joffrey Lupul and Matt Frattin, although lines changed through the evening.
After the game, the media asked Carlyle about Bozak and Colborne.
“You know, we waited right till warmup when he told us he couldn’t go, so that is the only decision we had to make as far as if he was going to play or wasn’t going to play,” Carlyle said. “So now he is out with an upper body injury and we’ll continue to assess, re-evaluate and see what tomorrow brings.”

In the Leafs dressing room, Colborne was asked when he knew he would play.
Here’s what he said: “Pretty much after the last game (Game 5). Randy wanted to throw you guys for a bit of a loop. We kept it real quiet. I wasn’t able to tell anyone outside of my parents, and I made them swear they wouldn’t be letting that slip.”
When the Star told Carlyle of Colborne’s comments, the coach was not impresssed.
“He’s going to learn to shut his . . . When the coach has something to say, he’ll say it.”