Wilson puts team through hard skate

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

No Victor Stalberg.

No Jonas Gustavsson.

No Wayne Primeau.

And, for part of practice, no pucks.

That was the story of the Maple Leafs gruelling workout this afternoon, one that came in response to the team's third consecutive loss, a 2-1 defeat to the rival Ottawa Senators Tuesday night.

Having been crushed by the Sens' Anton Volchenkov, Stalberg got his "bell rung," in the words of coach Ron Wilson, and continues to undergo a series of tests, as is the norm of any player who suffers a suspected concussion.

Wilson doubts the Swedish rookie will be ready to return for Saturday's contest against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the Air Canada Centre but added that his prognosis might be "premature."

Gustavsson, who played well against the Sens in what was his first regular-season NHL start, has felt tightness in his groin for about two weeks, Wilson said, leading to today's day off. Wilson does expect The Monster to be back at practice tomorrow.

Primeau, meanwhile is day-to-day. Regarding the nature of his injury, the Leafs are just saying that he's banged up.

Wilson, who said moments after the Sens loss that his team "stunk," skated the team hard for about 15 minutes.

"Points this time of year are as important as later on," Wilson said. "I'm not going to wait and do nothing."

Meanwhile the Leafs added a third figure to their goaltending controversy - kind of, anyways.

Move over, Monster. You too, Vesa Toskala.

Woody is now on the scene.

With fans debating between Gustavsson and Toskala, the coaching staff brought in a wooden cutout of a goalie and had players attempt to pick the corners on it.

"We're missing the net far too many times," Wilson said.


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