March 25 2013 09:03PM
Photo via Jared Wickerham/NHL Interactive
We know this media market well enough to note that goaltending, goaltending, goaltending, has been a source of concern for the Toronto Maple Leafs for the years since the second lockout. The Leafs bounced through a number of names, including Vesa Toskala and Jonas Gustavsson, several players brought in as "the No. 1 guy" to stabilize the position for the Leafs since the Curtis Joseph era led into the Ed Belfour one.
A guy fell out of the sky—James Reimer—and he has been nothing short of excellent for the team in net. While the Leafs have struggled in recent years, they haven't with Reimer in net. Even with the perceived issues on defence, up front, with size, with grit, with commitment, with coaching… through all that, the Leafs are 45-28-13 when Reimer takes the net. That's a 98-point pace.
Reimer let in somewhat of a softie to allow the Boston Bruins to tie the game 2-2. But Reimer was also the reason the game was 2-1 to begin with. When Nazem Kadri sprung Nik Kulemin leading to the 2-0 goal, that was the Leafs' fifth scoring chance on the night. To that point, the Bruins had had nine. Reimer made big stops at the start of the second period on Danny Paille, Tyler Seguin, Nathan Horton and Jordan Caron, but after the Leafs took the lead and the Bruins pressed, there was little he or the defence could do.
Ultimately, the Leafs dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Bruins. They take three of four possible points against Boston.
March 25 2013 04:36PM
Sorry, not too much time for a preview today. After the jump is a GIF of Phil Kessel hitting Tyler Seguin. My thoughts on this game are pretty well-known. I think the Bruins are a better team than the Leafs, but Toronto has proven in their last road game that they can keep up with them, and they can prove on Saturday they can beat them.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 25 2013 10:55AM
WIth no recaps coming from me for any of Friday, Saturday, or Sunday's games, I figure that it would be a good idea to get everybody back in the loop on what happened with the Toronto Marlies this weekend. It was an odd one from a roster sense, with many changes, and a score sense - with nine points being spread over the three games. Some went in the preferred direction, others, not so much.
March 25 2013 04:56AM
A few thoughts to kick off your week, and previewing the things we'll look at on this blog in Toronto Maple Leafs analysis…
No. 1 - John-Michael Liles is out, Joffrey Lupul is in
The defence will again see some changes as John-Michael Liles went down awkwardly on Saturday and limped off the ice. We didn't see the extent of the collision, but it sounds like it's a little less worrisome than we initially thought. I thought on the play there was a chance that perhaps Liles' calve had been sliced by Danny Paille's skate:
March 24 2013 12:14PM
This humble pie is delicious!
I ain't even mad. My sincerest congradulations to Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren for passing Ilya Bryzgalov and Evgeni Nabokov in points last night.