Reim time cut short by teammate's knee
TORONTO -- Leafs goaltender James Reimer lasted just 32 seconds in goal Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, the victim of an accidental collision with teammate Josh Leivo.
Reimer was trying to coral a rebound with his stick at the side of the net and didn't see Leivo, who could not avoid hitting him as he attended to Nathan Gerbe who was driving at the net. Leivo's knee seemed to connect with Reimer's head as he went by.
The Leafs goalie lay face down and then was tended to by the team trainer as he remained on his knees for some time before skating slowly to the bench. He went straight to the dressing room.
Jonathan Bernier replaced him.
The University of Toronto tweeted that Varsity Blues goalie Brett Willows had been made the emergency backup. Willows, a Habs fan, is a third-year Blue from Rivers, Man.
There was no extra goalie on the bench, however.
It's not the first time Reimer has suffered a blow to the head.
Two seasons ago, he missed time due to concussion-like symptoms that were later linked to a neck problem. That problem started in October 2011 when he was hit by Montreal's Brian Gionta as he skated through the crease.
Carlyle's policy of rotating goalies this season has paid dividends.
Going into Thursday night's game, the Leafs' 2.29 goals-against average tied them for fifth in the league.
Reimer made 36 saves Tuesday in a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild that saw Toronto outshot 37-14.
Hall breaks Gretz's record
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall scored two goals just eight seconds apart to break the team mark set by Wayne Gretzky.
The 21-year-old Hall connected at 15:52 of the first period with a wrist shot from the left circle and then knocked a rebound past New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov at 16:00 on Thursday night.
Gretzky, the NHL career leader in goals and points, scored two goals in nine seconds against St. Louis on Feb. 18, 1981, in the third period of Edmonton's 9-2 victory.
Hall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, turned Edmonton's deficit into a 2-1 lead. He entered play Thursday with only one goal in seven games this season.
Callahan breaks thumb
NEW YORK -- Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is sidelined again, this time because of a broken thumb.
Callahan, who missed the season opener while recovering from shoulder surgery, will be out three to four weeks, the Rangers said Thursday.
Callahan was injured in New York's 2-0 win at Washington on Wednesday night, in which he scored his third goal of the season -- all in the past two games. He has played in five games overall for the Rangers (2-4).
New York recalled forward Darroll Powe and goalie Jason Missiaen from Hartford of the AHL, and assigned goalie Cam Talbot back to Hartford just two days after being recalled.
Talbot dressed as Henrik Lundqvist's backup at Washington.
The 28-year-old Powe has one goal in four games with Hartford this season.
-- from the news services