The Florida Panthers can breathe a sigh of relief: James Reimer appears to be fine. The goaltender exited the game briefly in the second period of Tuesday’s 5-1 loss in Minnesota after a pileup at the front of the net resulted in a neck injury. He returned to the game that period, but sat out the third to bank some rest as the Panthers begin a five-game trip. “It was just a little freak play,” Reimer told reporters in St. Paul. “I was just stretched out falling forward and the two guys crashing the crease ran into me a little bit. I just tweaked the neck a little bit, that’s all. After a few minutes, it felt fine, so went back out there.” Reimer said he expected to be ready for the Panthers’ game Thursday in Boston. He was a full participant during Florida’s practice on Wednesday morning. “We’ll obviously make sure we do some work on it and do our due diligence but I don’t foresee anything dragging on,” Reimer said. Tuesday’s game was Reimer’s 12th consecutive start for Florida, which is without starting goalie Roberto Luongo. He suffered a lower-body injury on Dec. 4 against the New York Islanders and isn’t expected back until at least late January. During the Panthers’ five-game winning streak that was snapped on Tuesday night, Reimer was excellent for Florida. He had a .966 save percentage and 1.20 goals against average in backstopping the team. Tuesday’s game against the Wild was the first time Reimer allowed at least three goals since Dec. 17 at Vegas.
Panthers' James Reimer OK after injury scare Tuesday in Minnesota
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jan 3