Hockey

Maple Leafs recall goalie Pogge

Justin Pogge, the goalie many Toronto Maple Leafs have been anxious to see, was recalled by the club on Sunday.

Justin Pogge, the goalie many Maple Leafs have been anxious to see, was recalled by Toronto on Sunday.

The former Canadian world junior goalie and prized prospect was selected by Toronto in the 2004 entry draft and has been apprenticing in the American Hockey League the past three seasons.

With Vesa Toskala aggravating a groin injury on Saturday and veteran backup Curtis Joseph ineffective this season, Pogge could soon make his NHL debut.

The Maple Leafs play in Atlanta on Monday.

Pogge has seven shutouts and a 2.65 goals-against average in 111 career AHL games with the Toronto Marlies. He has made 22 appearances this season.

Toskala made 20 saves in Toronto's surprising 7-3 road rout over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Finnish goaltender and coach Ron Wilson both said they believed the injury wasn't too serious.

Joseph is 0-4 in seven appearances with a 4.33 goals-against average and .838 save percentage.

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