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.
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.