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Bernier attempted to face Kings hurt, exited game

Mar 14, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 10: Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Toronto Maple Leafs sprays water on his face during the first period against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on March 10, 2014 in Anaheim, California. Getty Images

Goaltender James Reimer was the hero for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 3-2 win over Los Angeles last night. Jonathan Bernier got the start against his former team, but he allowed two goals on 10 shots before exiting the game.

As we previously reported, Bernier left due to a lower-body injury. What came out later is the fact that Bernier was hurt before the contest, per TSN’s Jonas Siegel and Sportsnet’s Arash Madani.

His goal was to play through the problem, but that didn’t work out. The severity of the injury isn’t known and the Leafs aren’t sure if they need to recall 30-year-old journeyman goaltender Drew MacIntyre.

While there’s no question that the Maple Leafs would much rather have Bernier getting the majority of the starts at this critical juncture, as Reimer demonstrated last night, he’s capable of holding his own. He served as the Maple Leafs’ starter before they got Bernier and while Reimer’s already been though a lot of rough patches, his presence makes potentially losing Bernier for an extended period less than a disaster.

The Maple Leafs have a comfortable nine-point cushion in the battle for a playoff spot, but they’re still fighting for second place in the Atlantic Division.

  1. Mark - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    WIth a quality 1B in Reimer, there’s no point in having Bernier go out when he’s injured. Stupid decision to let him play.

    • withseidelinn - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      I think he probably pushed for the start since it was his first time back in the Staples Centre.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      From Carlyle’s post game interview it sounded like it’s not a very serious injury and it was Bernier’s call to take himself out.

  2. Professor Fate - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Kings win every game since break, no coverage here. First loss and there’s two articles about it. Thanks for reminding me why I get my hockey coverage from Bleacher Report and other places.

    • shortsxit34 - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      You obviously haven’t been paying any attention then.

  3. kovodisc - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    You’re kidding, right Professor?

    After the last 3 or 4 wins by them they have written about their win streak and how it was nearing a franchise record.

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