James Reimer couldn’t help but have a moment of reflection.
The Maple Leafs goaltender was on his knees following the team’s morning skate on Thursday at the Staples Center, taking his time getting off the ice and pondering his season as a whole.
“It’s no surprise it has been a little tougher year than I would have expected, and things have not really gone my way,” Reimer said. “I was just thinking about the season and maybe some things I need to do or what was going on. There are really no solutions, it was just thinking.”
Reimer might have to do more than just think about the game in the next little while, depending on the status of No. 1 netminder Jonathan Bernier.
Reimer had his best performance of the season on Thursday night against the Kings, stopping all 31 shots he saw in the final 40 minutes after Bernier had left the game with a lower-body injury.