James Reimer is on a roll and making believers of the hockey world after beating a couple of future hall of famers in back-to-back games. Reimer stopped 31 of 34 shots to backstop the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers, his first career win over that Original Six team. It came on the heels of a win over Marty Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils on Saturday that is all part of a 7-1-3 roll. “Lundqvist is one of the best goalies in the league,” said Reimer. “His compete level and raw ability to stop the puck is pretty unbelievable. It’s a lot of fun to play against him. We were lucky enough to get four past him tonight.” The Leafs will be hoping for a repeat on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in the home-and-home series. Reimer himself is on a bit of a repeat sequence. He has won five of his last six starts and started 10 in a row. It helped that the Leafs got some timely scoring: Phil Kessel ended a nine-game goal drought with a pair. His second stood up as the winner, just 39 seconds after Derek Stepan had tied the game halfway through the third period as the Leafs blew a 3-1 lead. “I think we’re resilient, we bounce back, whatever word you want to use,” said Reimer. “Not to keep repeating myself, but we have faith in each other. We’re confident in what we can do as a team. We all play a role. Good things will happen. Even when it got tied up 3-3, we just did what we needed to do.” James van Riemsdyk also scored and added an assist. Tyler Bozak’s assist made it a six-point night for the first line. Ryan O’Byrne, the stay-at-home blueliner acquired last week, also scored. He found himself on a three-on-two rush, taking a tape-to-tape, cross-ice pass from Nazem Kadri in the second period. O’Byrne buried his fifth of his career.
Leafs beat Rangers, Phil Kessel nets two
Toronto Star | Apr 9