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Leafs G Bernier out three weeks

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier will miss at least three weeks of action after an MRI on Friday revealed he had a strained MCL in his knee.

That means the Leafs' first-string netminder will miss the rest of the regular season, which ends April 13, and probably the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, if the Maple Leafs qualify.

Entering Friday's action, the Maple Leafs were one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot into playoffs.

Bernier left Thursday's 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins in the third period with a lower-body injury after a collision with Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron.

Bernier was in his fifth game back after missing time because of a strained groin sustained March 13.

He appeared in 55 games this season and had a career-high 26 wins with a 2.68 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

James Reimer, who helped the Maple Leafs break a lengthy postseason drought last season, is likely to be the Leafs' No. 1 goal in Bernier's absence. Drew MacIntyre was recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
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