Reimer could start after rough stretch for Bernier

Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer keeps his eye on the play during practice in Toronto Wednesday...

Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer keeps his eye on the play during practice in Toronto Wednesday January 8, 2014. (VERONICA HENRI/QMI Agency)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:41 PM ET

James Reimer was asked if he felt any empathy toward Jonathan Bernier.

“Four bad bounces, all piled into one game. It’s just one of those games. We all have them,” the Maple Leafs goalie said following practice on Wednesday, reflecting on his crease partner’s performance the previous night in a 5-3 loss to the visiting Islanders. “It’s unfortunate for him.”

Bernier’s slight relapse could become Reimer’s stroke of good fortune as the topic of goaltending continues its perennial domination of the water cooler around Leafland.

Making his sixth consecutive start on Tuesday and appearing well on his way to being proclaimed the team’s No. 1 goalie, Bernier surrendered four goals on 24 shots against the Isles in what might have been his shakiest outing as a Leaf.


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