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Report: Bernier travelling with Leafs to Tampa Bay


Jonathan Bernier travelled with his Leafs teammates this morning as the team headed for Tampa Bay where they play the Lightning tonight in the second half of a back-to-back.

Bernier missed Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Florida Panthers with flu-like symptoms.

Leafs’ coach Randy Carlyle admitted prior to last night’s game that the team was being cautious as one of the issues the team is concerned about is the mumps.

No member of the Leafs’ team has been diagnosed with the mumps this season.

Rookie Christopher Gibson was recalled to backup James Reimer in Sunday night’s loss.

The Leafs are 1-2-0 on their current eight-game road trip.

Video: Reimer, Leafs steal two points in Detroit

James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs guards the net during an NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on March 17, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
(March 16, 2012 - Source: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images North America)

James Reimer made his first start since Nov. 15th on Wednesday night and made a case to start more regularly.

The Leafs goaltender turned aside 41 Red Wings shots as Toronto edged Detroit 2-1 in a shootout. Reimer improved to 3-0-0 when facing 40 or more shots this season. He has a 1.94 G.A.A. and a .953 save percentage in those games.

Mike Santorelli had the winner while Phil Kessel scored his team-leading 15th of the season in regulation for the Leafs.

With the win, Toronto improved to 7-1-1 over their last nine games.

When coach Randy Carlyle was asked for a comment on his goaltender post-game, he reached into his old bag of tricks.

“He was just OK,” joked Carlyle. “I’ve been waiting a long time for that.”

For those not familiar, Carlyle caused a stir last season following a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.

At that time, he was asked to comment on Reimer’s performance following a 28 save loss.

“He was OK. He was just OK,” Carlyle said.

Reimer was not amused by those comments.

“He said I was just OK? I thought I was good,” Reimer responded. “I don’t know if I was great and I would like to be great. I thought I made some good saves when I needed to. That third one, you want to make a big save for your team there. Unfortunately it wasn’t the case tonight.”

The back and forth between Carlyle and Reimer, which occurred on March 18, caused a rift between the two leading to speculation that the goaltender would likely be traded during the offseason.

Following Wednesday’s win, the only question is when Reimer will get the crease again.

Toronto now has two days off before playing host to Detroit for the fifth and final meeting of the season on Saturday. The Leafs will play in their seventh back-to-back of the season when the Kings visit Sunday.

Reimer is likely to get one of those two games.

Gustav Nyquist had the lone Red Wings goal. Detroit saw its’ three-game win streak come to an end in the loss.

“They stole two points,” said Wings coach Mike Babcock post-game.

Jimmy Howard made 18 saves in the loss.

Julien: ‘We just stunk the joint’

Claude Julian, Patrice Bergeron

On Wednesday morning while trying to avoid questions about Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, Bruins coach Claude Julien said, “I don’t think tonight’s a real emotional game”.

On Wednesday night, his team’s game lacked emotion.

The second period wasn’t four minutes old and Boston was in the hole 4-0, starting goaltender Tuukka Rask pulled, presumably to rest for the more emotional tilt Thursday against the Canadiens.

Toronto added two more extending its’ win streak to three games with a 6-1 win. The Leafs also improved to 5-1-1 since an embarrassing 4-1 home ice loss to the Bruins on Oct. 25.

Boston saw its’ five game win streak come to an end and lost for just the second time since losing captain Zdeno Chara to a knee injury.

“We just stunk the joint and right now, it’s a matter of moving on, getting ready for tomorrow because there’s nothing great to talk about today,” Julien said post-game.

Former Bruins first round pick, Phil Kessel, who entered the game with just three goals in 27 career games against Boston, opened the scoring with his ninth of the season at 6:46 of the first period. Kessel added the game-winner 18 seconds into the second period.

“I haven’t scored many goals on him,” Kessel said of Rask. “Tonight I was a little fortunate to get a couple past him.”

Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly and forward Tyler Bozak scored less than two minutes apart forcing Julien to make a goaltending change. Rask, who was 10-2-0 in his previous 12 games against the Leafs, allowed four goals on 16 shots.

“I take a lot of blame for getting scored on three times in three minutes,” said Rask. “It’s never good. I’m there for keeping it tight. It wasn’t my night”

James van Riemsdyk and Peter Holland rounded out the scoring for the Leafs.

“Tonight I felt was one of our best starts of the year,” said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle. “We were on the puck and we were skating, we were directing pucks at the net. Phil’s (Kessel’s) goal was a big goal early. Then we started out the second period the same way.”

Dennis Seidenberg scored the lone Bruins goal while Niklas Svedberg made 15 saves in relief.

Jonathan Bernier made 25 saves in the win.