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.
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.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger