In the heat of the moment, Randy Carlyle didn’t have time to think of the long-term consequences. So when James Reimer went down with what the team is calling a lower-body injury in the second period of Monday’s 5-2 win over the Flyers the reaction was “who’s next?” After Ben Scrivens went on in relief to secure the win, the team’s initial evaluation of Reimer was mixed: He won’t be returning to the lineup any day now, but pending further testing on Tuesday, the team’s No. 1 goaltender isn’t expected to be out for an extended period. “It won’t be a long, drawn-out process,” Carlyle said after the Leafs second home victory of the season. “We’ll have to make a decision (on whether another goalie will be called up) after an assessment (on Tuesday). We don’t think it’s that serious and he shouldn’t miss an extended period of time.” If that initial diagnosis proves to be true, it would be a huge relief for a Leafs team that was building around the solid play of Reimer. Over the past couple of weeks, the goaltender had seized the No. 1 job and was returning to the standout form of his rookie season. A shutout against the Canadiens on Saturday night was a big step forward and the Leafs in front of him were clearly responding to the confidence from their goalkeeper. “He’s a friend and a teammate and I was hoping he was going to hop right back up,” said Scrivens. “Once it was obvious that wasn’t going to happen, you’ve just got to get your mind going and try to get yourself ready to make that first save.”
Leafs 'don't think (Reimer injury) is that serious'
Toronto Sun | Feb 12