With Jonathan Bernier Out, James Reimer Has a Chance to Save the Maple Leafs

April 4th, 2014 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

James Reimer has a chance to be a hero. The goaltender, maligned, slighted and disrespected throughout the 2013-14 season, now has a chance to rescue the Toronto Maple Leafs from the clutches of a historic collapse and thrust them into the playoffs.

Starting goaltender Jonathan Bernier suffered an injury Thursday night that will sideline him for the remainder of the regular season, which pushes Reimer into action for Toronto's final four regular-season games.

Randy Carlyle: Jonathan Bernier has an MCL strain and will be out three weeks. #TMLtalk #Leafs

— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 4, 2014 Things are bleak in Toronto even after the Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in overtime Thursday.

The Leafs are one point back of the final wild-card spot that is occupied by the Columbus Blue Jackets, who have two games in hand. The Leafs play three of their final four games against teams with zero chance of reaching the postseason (Winnipeg, Florida, Ottawa), with one tough road matchup with Tampa Bay.

If the Leafs win out, they will finish with 92 points; the Jackets would need seven p ...

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