James Reimer didn't have to reflect much on the lost season of 2011-12 to zero in on where it started to go off the rails.

The Maple Leafs goaltender acknowledged he never felt the same after the Montreal Canadiens' Brian Gionta knocked him on the head during a game on Oct. 22.

"That was a huge turning point, but there were plenty of games left for me to find it consistently," Reimer said on Monday as the Leafs gathered one last time at the Air Canada Centre.

"Once I came back from the injury, I was not quite back on my game, for whatever reason, just not as sharp as I would have liked. When your goalie is not as sharp, often things do not go as well as you would like for the whole team, when we are in a position where we can have a huge outcome on the game."