Gerber, Toskala earning their time

Let down by high-priced starters, the Ducks and Sharks have reaped benefits with backups.

Updated: December 10, 2003, 2:38 PM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

In a surprisingly wide-open Pacific Division, a pair of strange and unlikely names have floated to the surface.

Anonymous backup goalies who could skate across the United States without being recognized by even the most hard-core hockey fan, Anaheim's Martin Gerber and San Jose's Vesa Toskala, have become early season-savers for their teams, which will play two home-and-home series in 12 days.

Gerber's impact has been surprising, considering the brick wall-like playoff performance ...

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