January 19, 2013
Leafs' Scrivens in 'mid-season' form for opener against Canadiens
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

Goalies Ben Scrivens, left, and James Reimer at the final practice at the ACC in Toronto on Friday, Jan. 18 before heading to Montreal to kick off the season against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

Ben Scrivens hated the way last season ended for him at the Bell Centre. Now he has a chance to fix it.

He went through all the customs of a starting goaltender on Saturday morning, even though coach Randy Carlyle stuck to his policy of not naming his choice. Scrivens was the understudy to James Reimer last year, but since the NHL season ended, Scrivens completed an award-winning AHL season, took the Marlies to the Calder Cup final and was looking strong again when the lockout ended. That game sharpness and Reimer’s apparent rust began to show as the accelerated week of practice went on, so Scrivens was the choice against Carey Price and the Habs.

“I basically feel like I’m in mid-season form,” Scrivens said to a crowd of reporters.

Scrivens, a free agent signed in the spring of 2010, played 12 games with the Leafs last season. His record of 4-5-2 included a 4-1 empty net loss in Montreal in Game 82 as the Leafs slunk into spring with a seventh straight playoff eli



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