Pogge wins Round 1

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Justin Pogge figures he has time to get to know Tuukka Rask.

Just not now.

"Uh, probably not, no," Pogge said when he was asked whether he would meet Rask before the world junior ends next week. "I'll just be hanging out with Team Canada."

So Pogge and Rask, who one day could wind up as goaltending mates with the Maple Leafs, did nothing more than share the ice last night in Canada's 5-1 win against Finland.

With Leafs assistant general manager Mike Penny in the Pacific Coliseum, Pogge, taken in the third round by the Leafs in 2004, beat Rask, the Leafs' first-round pick this past summer. Neither Pogge nor Rask said he was thinking about the other during the game.

"It was nice to get a win over a guy they picked in the first round, but he is a great goalie," Pogge said.

Pogge last week signed with the Leafs and if he keeps on his current pace of developing, will indeed play for Toronto at some point. Rask would like to join him, and the sooner the better. Rask indicated his agent, Bill Zito, has been talking to Leafs general manager John Ferguson to an extent.

"It would be good to come pretty soon because the game is so different here than it is in Europe," Rask said. "We'll see after this tournament what happens."

Rask would not have trouble playing first for the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

"I think it's obvious that I am going to play there for a year or two," Rask said in perfect English. "It was nice to play against (Pogge)and hopefully we will play on the same team."

Rask acknowledged Canada gave him fits last night.

"They passed a lot, and it is hard to read," the 18-year-old said. "They did not shoot many straight shots."


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