(TORONTO) — The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without starting goaltender Jonathan Bernier for at least the next three weeks head coach Randy Carlyle announced Friday after learning the 25-year-old has a strained MCL.
Bernier was injured in the third period of the Leafs 4-3 overtime win over Boston. The injury occured when Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was checked into Bernier by Toronto defenseman Paul Ranger. Bernier went to ground and stayed there before being helped off the ice. He didn’t return to the game and a MRI Friday revealed the injury.
“Disappointed,” Carlyle said when talking about Bernier. “Those are the type of injuries you don’t want to see happen, but they do happen. Now, we’ll have to move forward without Bernier.”
Bernier has played in 55 games for Toronto this season compiling a 26-19-7 record with a .922 save percentage, 2.70 goals-against average and one shutout.
James Reimer becomes the main netminder for Toronto which is one-game behind Columbus for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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