December 3, 2011
Reimer to start against B'sGoalie out of lineup since Oct. 22
By Rob Longley, QMI Agency
BOSTON - After three big losses to the Stanley Cup champions already this season, the Leafs are ready for Reim Time again.
Goalie James Reimer, out of the lineup since Oct. 22, will make his return to the net as the Leafs face the Bruins for the second time this week.
It's been a long and frustrating recuperation for the big goalie, who had a 4-0-1 record before being run over by Montreal's Brian Gionta, the injury that has turned into a long-running soap opera.
Originally the Leafs said Reimer suffered a neck injury but later explained that Reimer was suffering from "concussion-like symptoms."
Reimer said he will have no hesitation, especially after "itching to play" for the last couple of weeks.
"Luckily enough I've been practicing for a while now and I've had a couple of good bumps and a couple of clappers to the head and no ill effects," Reimer said.
"I've felt it in practice so I won't have any hesitation or any thoughts in the back of my mind. It will be just try to get in front of that little black thing.
"Not really. I've taken a lot of bumbs in my career and a lot fo heavy hits and nothing happened. a guy blocks a shot a hundred times and he breaks his ankle once.
"Obviously you don't want to get hit, but I'm completely fine now and I'm not worried about getting bumped."
The Leafs held their own without Reimer, going 10-8-1 with Jonas Gustavsson and Ben Scrivens splitting duties.
Despite saying on Friday that he was leaning towards starting Gustavsson tonight, Leafs coach Ron Wilson said he made the decision to start Reimer "about three days ago."
"He's been ready for a while and he wants to play," Wilson said. "He's been stopping the puck and he feels great, that's the most important thing.
"It's not so much what I see. He feels ready to get in there. He couldn't be more ready than he is right now."
In three games against the Bruins, the Leafs have given up 19 goals.