With Bernier out, Leafs look to Reimer during playoff push

James Reimer watches as the Toronto Maple Leafs practice at the Mastercard Centre on Thursday March...

James Reimer watches as the Toronto Maple Leafs practice at the Mastercard Centre on Thursday March 27, 2014. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:56 PM ET

This would be quite the inspiring comeback story — if more people believed in the protagonist.

As much as Leafs Nation likes James Reimer the person, James Reimer the goaltender has been something of a disappointment where recent clutch games are concerned.

But with Jonathan Bernier gone a minimum of three weeks with a medial collateral ligament strain in his knee, the last chapter of a bizarre Leafs season will feature the unpredictable Reimer. He’ll either play a big part in securing the seven or eight points needed for a playoff spot — not to mention start the ensuing series — or be dogged by more poor detail in his work and perhaps start packing for a new team in the summer.

Now completing his fourth year as a Leaf, his latest exam begins Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets in Toronto’s last home game.

“The good thing when you go through adversity or trials is that it somehow defines you,” Reimer said on Friday.


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