After that disaster in San Jose, the Toronto Maple Leafs followed up with a 3-2 comeback win over the Los Angeles Kings.
“We need every point we can get,” said Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle.
Apparently, Toronto did not play well in the second period, but bounced back in the third (period).
There was some bad news for the Leafs, though. Goalie, Jonathan Bernier had to exit the game because of a lower body injury. James Reimer replaced Bernier in goal. Reimer did well. He made 31 saves.
I hope the injury to Bernier is not too serious. Bernier has been the best net minder for the Leafs this season.
Nazem Kadri got two assists during the game.
Knowing that Bernier was out with a lower body injury ( the MRI showed it is a low groin strain), I wasn’t excited about the game against Washington.
Reimer has been shaky in goal this season. In the first period against the Capitals, my fears where realized as Toronto went down 3-0.
Carlyle summed it up by saying his team was having an afternoon nap. “The bottom line is we weren’t sharp enough,” said Carlyle.
Troy Brodie scored near the end of the opening period to make it 3-1.
Reimer started to settle down during the final two periods. Reimer made a total of 29 saves.
Leaf’s captain, Dion Phaneuf racked up two points in the 4-2 loss to the Capitals.
The Leafs didn’t do any better against the Detroit Red Wings. Toronto lost again 3-2. I switched the channel when the Red Wings went ahead 3-1.
As for Carlyle, the impression I got from his post game interview was that he didn’t have anything particular to say about the game. However, it was obvious Carlyle was not pleased with the result.
Reimer made 28 saves and Phaneuf was a +1 during the game.
Toronto faces Tampa Bay tonight.