In January, when the Maple Leafs allowed three goals or less in 12 straight games, Francois Allaire was getting lots of praise for the club's improved goaltending.

On Wednesday, Allaire was trying to protect his reputation and that of the struggling James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson.

With neither stopper playing well of late and Toronto's playoff hopes taking a hit, the reknowned instructor assured that both young goalies would get through these "bumps" in their career. Gustavsson allowed a terrible overtime winner on Tuesday night against the Devils that compounded some iffy goals in regulation.

"We have two young kids in the net, not a lot of experience," Allaire reminded reporters at the MasterCard Centre. "Nobody has more than 90 games in the NHL, so that is normal, sometimes you get some bumps in the road. And we are right in the middle of it."