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Back in T.O. ... Florida Panthers @ Toronto Maple Leafs (Tuesday) ... Tomas Vokoun IN ... Shawn Matthias back to Rochester

JoecarterTORONTO -- Good afternoon from the Hockey Centre of the Universe, the place where a Panthers morning skate turns into a media scrum that would rival a Dolphins playoff game in Miami.

OK, that's not true. There were probably more media people here today than there were at Joe Robbie Stadium yesterday.

The big news up here is Team Canada going for a fifth straight World Junior championship tonight in Ottawa. Team Red is playing Sweden, backstopped by future Florida goalie Jacob Markstrom. Should be a good game, although I was interested in watching the Buckeyes-Longhorns in the Fiesta Bowl, but that probably ain't going to happen. Good luck getting someone to change one TV off the hockey game so Gringo G can watch a college football game from Glendale.

The other big news around town is that Bryan McCabe (AKA Enemy No. 1) is back in Toronto after seven seasons with the Leafs. McCabe isn't real popular around here, but the change of scenery has done him a world of good. He's having a great season in FLA, with Pete DeBoer saying ''I can't say enough about him.''

Pete followed the Leafs "from an arm's distance'' while coaching the nearby Kitchener Rangers, and knows what McCabe went through here. He's very happy McCabe landed in SoFla.

As for McCabe, tonight is going to be a night to visit with family and friends. It will also be a hockey night. He won't be watching the Fiesta, but will be watching Team Canada. Like just about everyone else in this hockey-mad part of the world.

-- Tomas Vokoun gets the start tomorrow night. The last time Vokoun played here he was the beneficiary of Florida's 8-0 romp.

-- Shawn Matthias has been sent back to Rochester. No reason given, mainly because I forgot to ask. Will do tomorrow.

-- Lines are the same as they were yesterday in Montreal.

-- Who knew you could find fresh mango and watermelon in Toronto at this time of the year? And priced fairly right. Good times!

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