Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier suffered an MCL strain and will be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season.
yBernier will also miss the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the Maple Leafs qualifi.
The Maple Leafs are one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the Eastern Conference’s second postseason wild-card.
The Blue Jackets host the Chicago Blackhawks Friday, one of two games in hand they have on the Maple Leafs. Toronto hosts the Winnipeg Jets Saturday.
Bernier suffered the injury after a collision with Boston forward Patrice Bergeron during their 4-3 win over the Bruins Thursday.
James Reimer, who helped the Maple Leafs break a lengthy postseason drought last year, is back in a position to be No. 1 with Drew MacIntyre recalled from the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies.
Bernier was in his fifth game back after missing time due to a strained groin sustained March 13 against his former team, the Los Angeles Kings.
Bernier, the 11th pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, was acquired from the Kings last summer for goalie Ben Scrivens, forward Matt Frattin and a second-round draft pick.
After never having played more than 25 games in a season for the Kings, he appeared in 55 games this season for the Maple Leafs and had a career-high 26 wins to go with a 2.68 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.