Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs v.s. New Jersey Devils
Well, it does not get much more boring than that.
Here’s a video recap of the first two periods of the Toronto Maple Leafs game Monday night against the New Jersey Devils.
Yup, that’s right – that’s a 10 minute video of paint drying.
The Leafs only had five shots on the Devils going into the third period. The Devils had 16. Final shots were 32-13 for the Devils.
At one point in the third, the Buds had gone 18 minutes without a shot on net. That’s almost a full period!
What a boring game…That is, until the Devils looked poised to win it and James Reimer stole the show in the third.
The Leafs did not deserve to win, at all, but Reimer made sure they did.
Fans woke up, rose to their feet and began chanting his name in the third period as he made spectacular save after spectacular save to keep his club in the game.
The crowd at the Air Canada Centre switched from Go Leafs Go, to Go Reimer Go. Amazing. Anyone got concerns about him going into the playoffs now? I hope not.
The Leafs beat the Devils 2-0 on Monday. How, with so little shots against Brodeur? Because Reimer bailed them out, again.
Reimer put together arguably one of his best games Monday, beating NHL legend Martin Brodeur for the second time in just as many weeks. He’s now 13-2-5 since Feb. 7.
Reimer earned his third shutout of the season, and he even got his first assist of the season on the Leafs’ empty net goal to make it 2-0. How cool is that?
In his last five games, he’s face 159 shots, and stopped 152 of them. On fire.
Reimer’s 17 wins this year put him ninth in the NHL. His .925 save percentage puts his sixth. And his three shutouts also put him sixth. That’s ahead of Luongo and Kiprusoff on all three fronts.
The Leafs were given a tiny, little window to win it for Reimer on Monday and they capitalized. On the power play with about seven minutes left, Phil Kessel snapped one in from his usual spot near the hash marks. That's six goals in four games for him.
With the win, the Leafs now have a chance to clinch a playoff birth for the first time in nearly a decade Tuesday night. If they beat Washington, and Winnipeg loses to Tampa Bay, the Leafs are officially in the post-season.
Much of the credit can go to Reimer.
I know he can repeat his latest performances in the playoffs. He’ll feed off the ACC crowd cheering him on. He’s that type of guy. He’s our type of guy. He’s our goalie.
Go Leafs Go. Cheers.