James Reimer has done enough to be the No. 1 goaltender for the Maple Leafs in 2011-12. It's that simple. There have been precious few signs of wilting for the 23-year-old as the Leafs have played in pressure-packed games for the past couple of months. The Leafs' playoff hopes were killed when the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Tuesday night, but Reimer was a huge factor in the late charge. And you can bet Reimer, whose record stands at 20-8-5 after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals, will be brimming with confidence when training camp opens in September. "I'm proud of the way I played, maybe it's a little better than I thought I could have done," Reimer, a restricted free agent this summer, said. "I always believe in myself, but you never know how it's going to work out. I should be pretty confident, but the only reason I have had success is because I have worked hard and I have relied on my teammates and they have a done a good job. I'm not going to let anything slip away and forget what made me successful." Reimer's 39-save performance through 65 minutes was why the Leafs, who had just 21 shots on Michal Neuvirth, got to the shootout. His biggest save was a stunner in the third period on Marcus Johansson, when he stretched out to take an open net away from the Caps forward. A standing ovation for Reimer followed.
Reimer deserves to be No. 1 Leaf goalie next season
Toronto Sun | Apr 6