TORONTO - Ron Wilson wouldn't commit to who will be his starting goaltender Saturday night against the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, but it sure sounded like Ben Scrivens was going to get a shot at following up his smashing debut.
Scrivens, who made his NHL appearance a winning one with a 38-save effort against Columbus on Thursday night, joined Jonas Gustavsson as the only two goaltenders on the ice Friday for practice at the Mastercard Centre.
Wilson said James Reimer, who continues to struggle with an “upper-body” injury has “reached a plateau” in his recovery and the team’s training staff decided he best get some rest before any more practice or game action. Wilson didn’t give a timetable on when Reimer, who last played on Oct. 22, will return. Reimer was hurt in the first period of that game when he was run over by Montreal forward Brian Gionta.
The team at first said he was being treated for a whiplash, later adding that the team’s starting goaltender was suffering from “whiplash-like symptoms.” No timetable has been given for his return.
Scrivens, meanwhile, got rave reviews from his teammates, who escaped Columbus with a 4-1 win despite being outshot 39-18.
“I was really happy for (Scrivens),” captain Dion Phaneuf said. “He was so calm and cool. He handles himself with such poise.”
Gustavsson was in net when the Leafs faced the Bruins earlier this season, perhaps the team’s worst so far, a 6-2 loss.
Not only are the Leafs on top of the Northeast Division, they are 11 points ahead of the struggling Bruins. Toronto’s 19 points so far (built on a 9-3-1 record) have them in a tie for first overall with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have played one more game.