James Reimer had to leave Monday night’s 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers with a lower-body injury. The Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender was forced to exit early in the second period after stretching for a save during a scramble around the crease. Ben Scrivens came in with the Leafs leading 3-1 and stopped 32 of 33 shots to preserve the win.
Reimer did not return to the game and needed assistance to get off the ice. He is scheduled to undergo tests to determine the extent of the injury on Tuesday.
This would be an absolute disaster for the Leafs if Reimer is lost for any extended period of time. His goals against average of 2.30 and save percentage of .929 are a big reason why Toronto has won four straight games and currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference. Reimer got off to another hot start last season before a concussion early on plagued him for the remainder of the campaign.
The good news, other than the Leafs winning the game, was that head coach Randy Carlyle didn’t believe the injury was serious when he spoke to reporters afterwards. He seemed to be in good spirits and felt like Reimer wouldn’t be out for any lengthy amount of time.