Leafs being careful with Bernier injury, recall McIntyre

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a curious situation in goal following Jonathan Bernier’s injury against Los Angeles on Thursday night.

With Bernier out, James Reimer assumes the starting job and the team recalled veteran Drew McIntyre from the AHL on an emergency basis to back him up.

Bernier’s injury isn’t expected to be serious, but as Chris Johnston of Sportsnet shares, they’re going to keep a close eye on his recovery.

Johnston reports the Leafs kept Bernier off the ice at practice on Saturday in favor of off-ice treatment and are debating whether or not to send him back to Toronto for an MRI or just have one done in Washington. The Leafs face the Capitals on Sunday afternoon.

In the meantime, Reimer is feeling fine after getting run by Anze Kopitar on Thursday and is ready to take the reins for however long Bernier is out for.

Before you get too worked up about the “backup” having to start, just remember Reimer took the Leafs to the playoffs last season and has a .915 save percentage this season.

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