Maple Leafs netminder James Reimer makes phenomenal twisting, backhanded glove save

The Maple Leafs may have lost Friday, but James Reimer made a ridiculous stop to give Toronto a chance to win in overtime. The Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist had Reimer down and out, but he stoned the Detroit right winger with an insane backhanded glove stop.

With Maple Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier sidelined, James Reimer has gotten his chance to shine between the pipes for Toronto. And while things haven’t been easy — take the first goal Reimer allowed Friday, for instance — the 27-year-old netminder has certainly made his case to challenge Bernier upon his return.

In Friday’s game against Detroit, Reimer was stellar after allowing a weak goal to Henrik Zetterberg early in the contest. And until the overtime winner by Jakub Kindl, which came 2:17 into the 3-on-3 overtime period, Reimer was making save after save. His best of the night, however, came on a crazy backhanded glove stop that robbed Gustav Nyquist:

You can watch that as many times as you like and the save never becomes any less of a jaw-dropper. That Reimer managed to keep the puck out — and that Nyquist couldn’t stuff the puck past the glove — is unbelievable.

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The stop came less than a minute into the overtime period, however, and little more than a minute later, Kindl wove his way through the Maple Leafs to bury the game-winning goal:

Kindl’s tally aside, Reimer has been very good over his past three starts. At 5-on-5, he has a .934 save percentage. And though he has allowed five goals in three games, he has turned aside 74 shots, including a 43 save performance against the Dallas Stars on Nov. 2.

Overall, Reimer is 2-2-2 on the season with a 2.69 goals-against average and .909 SP.