Thoughts on Giguere and Reimer

Chemmy
February 28 2011 08:04AM

In last night's OT loss to Atlanta it looked like James Reimer was holding down the fort just fine. He wasn't fighting pucks and Atlanta didn't have any memorable scoring chances. Then Atlanta's Evander Kane kneed Reimer in the head and with six minutes left in the second, and a 2-0 lead, the Leafs rookie netminder left the game and saw J.S Giguere enter.

Giguere allowed a goal 0:23 into the third period by kicking a rebound past all of his defenders directly into the slot:

Before allowing a goal with 6:00 remaining by kicking a rebound past all of his defenders directly into the slot:

The truth is that having an .898 goaltender give up 3 goals on 25 shots isn't going to win you a lot of hockey games. The Leafs' big resurgence has coincided perfectly with the arrival of James Reimer and there aren't many teams that will lose a lot of games getting .930+ goaltending.

The real troubling issue is that the Leafs didn't stand up for their rookie goaltender. Evander Kane was assessed a penalty for goaltender interference for kneeing Reimer in the head and this team that's supposedly built on Brian Burke's model didn't stand up for literally their most important player.

I'm not the biggest fan of fighting after every big hit in the NHL but if somebody knees your goalie in the head it's probably time to snap them in half.

The Leafs better hope Reimer's not out for long; they left three points on the table against Ottawa, Pittsburgh and now Atlanta and getting Giguere into the game took the Leafs from gaining two points on Atlanta to losing one. In the era of three point games last night very well may have been when the clock struck midnight on the Leafs' playoff hopes.

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#1 Jonathan Willis
February 28 2011, 08:07AM
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From what @mirtle said this morning, it looks like Reimer's going to be okay.

I completely agree that the Leafs playoff hopes rest on his shoulders.

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#2 CoryNewb
February 28 2011, 02:00PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

From what @mirtle said this morning, it looks like Reimer's going to be okay.

I completely agree that the Leafs playoff hopes rest on his shoulders.

Looking forward to a tough month. Some big upsets early could set the tone.

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#4 CoryNewb
March 02 2011, 10:08AM
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Chemmy wrote:

Leafs need to go something like 13-5-1 to sniff the 8 seed. Gonna need to be a hell of a month.

Personally I'm happy they're in 23rd.

No doubt about that. Like I said previously, the more stock that the Bruins lose in that first rounder next summer just makes me happy.

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