Maple Leafs foiled by freak injury, freak goal

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Josh Leivo collides with goalie James Reimer during NHL action at the...

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Josh Leivo collides with goalie James Reimer during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre October 17, 2013. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:01 PM ET

On a night of freak occurences, James Reimer wound up on the injured list and Jonathan Bernier and the rest of the Leafs were in a state of shock.

The Maple Leafs lost Thursday night’s game 3-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes, as well as their 1A goalie Reimer just 32 seconds into the first period with a head-neck issue. The winning goal came on some confusion on an icing. Carolina’s Ron Hainsey dumped the puck in with one linesman signalling icing at center, but the other waving it off. Bernier, who at one time had a 2-0 lead, let up on the puck, which took a weird bounce and glanced in through a miniscule short-side hole.|The officials huddled, but the goal stood.

The hard-luck Reimer suffered another potentially lengthy injury again under weird circumstances. After getting a knee in the head from teammate Josh Leivo on an innocent looking play stoppage, Reimer spent the rest of Thursday under observation, while Bernier made a season-high 34 saves.


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