Goalie competitions always seem worthy of grabbing headlines. When one happens in arguably the most rabid hockey market in the NHL it becomes something more than that. Such is the case with the Toronto Maple Leafs with incumbent No. 1 James Reimer and newly arrived Jonathan Bernier. Last season Reimer led the Maple Leafs to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2004 but this offseason Toronto acquired Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Matt Frattin and goalie Ben Scrivens. Now with Reimer and Bernier each off to a good start the questions about who will be No. 1 won't go away. Reimer will start when Toronto plays its home opener Saturday against the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m. ET CBC). "We both just want to go out there and play the best we can play and not really worry about the rest of the stuff" Reimer said with a laugh. "That's up to you guys to worry about and write stories about." For Bernier competing for time and being under the crush of attention isn't new. "I think I'm used to it in a way with Jonathan [Quick] my first couple years (with the Kings). Media were all over us for who was going to start every night" Bernier said. "That was a good experience I gained in L.A. I just try to really focus on my game and not what [Reimer] is going to do. Hopefully we do well. That's the purpose of having two good goaltenders. I think you're just trying to win as many games as possible even on a back-to-back." So what's a backup or a co-starter to do? "My main focus is just to focus on myself my game and every time I get the chance to play that's when I need to step up" Bernier said. Though the Maple Leafs' fellow Atlantic Division playoff teams all have clear No. 1 goalies (Tuukka Rask Jimmy Howard Carey Price Craig Anderson) Toronto won't have to worry about possibly exhausting either Bernier or Reimer.
Maple Leafs goalies each off to good start
NHL.com | Oct 5