Schremp, Comeau get their long-awaited chance

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TORONTO - Tim Jackman and Sean Bergenheim, who suffered injuries in Tuesday's loss in Philadelphia, were not in Toronto for last night's game. They returned to New York for evaluation earlier in the day.

Jackman has been ruled day-to-day with a hip pointer. Bergenheim is expected to miss 1-2 weeks with a muscle-related rib injury.

As a result of the injuries, Blake Comeau and Rob Schremp - who have spent a considerable amount of time watching from the press box this season - were in the lineup.

Schremp has been a healthy scratch for a team-leading 22 games and Comeau for 15.

Given such long absences, Scott Gordon said he expected both to battle some rustiness.

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"Probably," Gordon said. "But it's more mental than anything. They've just got to try and not do too much, try not to win the game for us. Just go out there, be solid positionally and play."

Schremp's scratch streak ended at 11 games. Despite the difficult stretch, Schremp has remained upbeat while waiting for another chance.

"It's frustrating at times, but I could definitely be in worse positions," Schremp said. "I'm closer to playing in the NHL now than I ever was last year."

Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Schremp has tried to be a positive influence in the dressing room, constantly joking around with teammates and trying to keep things loose.

"It's not anyone else's fault in this room I'm not playing," Schremp said. "If I was sulking or being a baby, everyone would see that. It would bring a negative energy to the room and I don't want to be that guy."

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