NHL Daily Links - March 14
March, 14, 2014
By Victoria Matiash | ESPN Insider
Thursday’s on-ice adventure in L.A. proved to be quite the rollercoaster ride for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Even though the Leafs ended up with a huge 3-2 win against a formidable west coast opponent in the Los Angeles Kings, they lost their starting goaltender, ex-King Jonathan Bernier, after the first period. And while James Reimer heroically skated in to save the day, the team's dependable No. 2 provided another scare by laying on the ice for about a minute in the second period after getting booted in the head.
Claiming he was A-OK and rebuffing the idea of visiting the “quiet room” (not that it’s his call), Reimer ended up finishing the game. Altogether it was a fairly eventful 60 minutes for the Leafs and members of the Blue & White faithful willing to stay up until the wee morning hours back home.
As it stands, Reimer is believed to be OK. And Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston submits this season’s backup could run with the starter’s gig if Bernier remains out for some time. However, Bernier’s “lower-body injury” may not be all that serious. Darren Dreger suggested as much on TSN radio Friday morning. In any case, coach Randy Carlyle and Co. have more than 48 hours to assess how the netminders are managing. The Leafs are off Friday and Saturday ahead of Sunday’s tilt with the Washington Capitals.