When Martin Brodeur stacked the pads to stop league-leading scorer Phil Kessel, then got an arm on the improbable rebound, James Reimer had the same thought as 20,000 others at the Air Canada Centre.

"He has a billion wins for a reason," said Reimer, who actually trails Brodeur just 631-24 in career victories. "It was pretty cool to play against him, but I'd have liked to be the one cheering at the end of the game."

Reimer, and a whole generation of 21st century NHL netminders, will have a long way to go to catch Brodeur, who despite one of his worst seasons so far in 2011-12, is still capable of showing mid-1990s' form when called upon.