An open letter to James Reimer from the apoplectic citizens of Leafs Nation.

Dear James:

It's up to you now, Optimus. You're our No. 1. Please don't let the town down.

The calendar tells us it's six weeks and two days until the regular season concludes in Montreal. We want to be able to tell our kids and grandkids, most of whom aren't old enough to remember playoff hockey in Hogtown, that it's six weeks and three days until the GTA goes Leaf crazy. It's six weeks and a few days until blue-and-white flags are flying out the driver's-side window of every sedan and SUV from Burlington to Barrie; until there's car-horn cacophony from the 416 to above the 407 after the local Original Sixers win their first post-season game in eight years.