If there were any lingering doubts in James Reimer’s mind, Montreal was the place to lay them to rest.
And if there were any demons to confront, then the Maple Leafs’ 6-0 win over the Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Saturday night might well have been the game to exorcise them.
“I feel like I’m playing well, seeing the puck well,” said Reimer. “Keep building. I hope that doesn’t stop right till the end of the season. Keep getting better.
“I don’t think I’ve played phenomenal this year. I’ve played well, I’ve done what I’ve needed to do. I don’t think I’m standing on my head every night. It’s not like I’m 8-and-0. I’m 5-and-3. I feel like I’m doing well, but there are so many things I can improve on. There were mistakes I need to learn from.”
Reimer was stellar if not spectacular in turning aside 37 shots and besting Habs star goalie Carey Price in a game that gave a small but vocal contingent from Leafs Nation plenty to cheer.
Phil Kessel scored his second goal in two games — on the beleaguered power play, no less — in what was a three-point night. Captain Dion Phaneuf added a goal and an assist, only his second and third points of the season and first since the season-opener.
And there was an impressive opening-minute goal by Leo Komarov, his first in the NHL.
Even the tough guys got the job done: Mark Fraser pounded Brandon Prust, who was trying to light a fire under his Canadiens teammates in the third. And Colton Orr led a rush and fed Korbinian Holzer for the team’s fifth goal.
Holzer’s goal was his second in three games. He had just two in his last 101 games as a Marlie. Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk also scored.
Reimer backstops Toronto to shutout victory over Montreal
Toronto Star | Feb 10