It's a three-headed monster

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Maple Leafs' goaltending situation is getting stranger by the day.

Starter Vesa Toskala was shaky for a second consecutive game last night. His coach, Ron Wilson, said Toskala has groin issues. GM Brian Burke believes his goalie may be tired.

Curtis Joseph has yet to win this season in a backup role and, it seems, Wilson has lost some faith in the veteran.

And then there is rookie Justin Pogge, who played well in his first NHL game on Monday, a 6-2 win in Atlanta, but was a press box spectator for the next two, both losses.

All of which leads to the question: Who will start in net tomorrow night against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center?

"I'm not even thinking about that," Wilson growled last night after the Leafs' 4-1 defeat.

But the bigger questions now are: Do the Leafs play Pogge more frequently as the main backup and try to get rid of Joseph? Or do they consider trading Toskala?

Goaltending was supposed to be one of the few constants on the rebuilding Leafs this season. It has been anything but.


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