Video: Reimer, Leafs steal two points in Detroit

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James Reimer made his first start since Nov. 15th on Wednesday night and made a case to start more regularly.

The Leafs goaltender turned aside 41 Red Wings shots as Toronto edged Detroit 2-1 in a shootout. Reimer improved to 3-0-0 when facing 40 or more shots this season. He has a 1.94 G.A.A. and a .953 save percentage in those games.

Mike Santorelli had the winner while Phil Kessel scored his team-leading 15th of the season in regulation for the Leafs.

With the win, Toronto improved to 7-1-1 over their last nine games.

When coach Randy Carlyle was asked for a comment on his goaltender post-game, he reached into his old bag of tricks.

“He was just OK,” joked Carlyle. “I’ve been waiting a long time for that.”

For those not familiar, Carlyle caused a stir last season following a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.

At that time, he was asked to comment on Reimer’s performance following a 28 save loss.

“He was OK. He was just OK,” Carlyle said.

Reimer was not amused by those comments.

“He said I was just OK? I thought I was good,” Reimer responded. “I don’t know if I was great and I would like to be great. I thought I made some good saves when I needed to. That third one, you want to make a big save for your team there. Unfortunately it wasn’t the case tonight.”

The back and forth between Carlyle and Reimer, which occurred on March 18, caused a rift between the two leading to speculation that the goaltender would likely be traded during the offseason.

Following Wednesday’s win, the only question is when Reimer will get the crease again.

Toronto now has two days off before playing host to Detroit for the fifth and final meeting of the season on Saturday. The Leafs will play in their seventh back-to-back of the season when the Kings visit Sunday.

Reimer is likely to get one of those two games.

Gustav Nyquist had the lone Red Wings goal. Detroit saw its’ three-game win streak come to an end in the loss.

“They stole two points,” said Wings coach Mike Babcock post-game.

Jimmy Howard made 18 saves in the loss.

Video: Reimer with an impressive first period against the Wings

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The Maple Leafs are playing in the second half of a back-to-back tonight in Detroit and it showed in the first period.

Toronto was out-shot 12-7, but thanks to the solid play of goaltender James Reimer, it was scoreless after 20 minutes.

Here’s a look at Reimer’s first period of work:

Reimer, who is making his first appearance since Nov. 18, is 4-3-0 with an .898 save percentage and a 3.64 goals-against average this season.

The Leafs meanwhile are playing in their sixth of 18 back-to-back games this season. Toronto defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night.

Reimer: Dry scrape ‘a great idea,’ but ‘it takes so long’

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The pre-overtime dry scrape will be one of the topics discussed at today’s NHL GM meetings in Toronto and, prior to tonight’s game against Nashville, a few Maple Leafs players shared their thoughts on the procedure — including one that spends more time on the ice than anybody.

“It’s too bad it takes so long,” Toronto goalie James Reimer said of the dry scrape. “It’s a good idea, it really is, to get so that you can have more offense and better play.

“It’s a great idea, but it’s just too bad that it takes so long.”

Today, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that the dry scrape — where Zambonis clear the ice without flooding it — might be scrapped as early as this weekend, with the NHL implementing shovel crews to clean the playing surface instead.

The pre-OT dry scrape, in its first year of existence at the NHL level, has been met with its fair share of critics thus far. Some say it takes too long for a maximum five minutes of hockey; others say it breaks up the momentum between regulation and overtime, and critics often note the Ontario Hockey League got rid of the dry scrape in early October.

As for Reimer — while he said the procedure can be lengthy at times, he also acknowledged how beneficial it is for the ice surface.

“It’s great for the game play,” he said. “It obviously helps. It’s the end of the game, the end of the period, the end of any period, but especially the third.

“The ice is just chewed up and gross and so snowy so for them to dry scrape, it’s great for that reason.”

(Quotes gathered by PHT’s Dhiren Mahiban)

Video: Reimer loses race to puck, Sabres score

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Leafs starter James Reimer lost the race to a lose puck and the scramble was on.

Tyson Strachan beat the goaltender and centered a feed to Zemgus Girgensons for his second career shorthanded goal. The Sabres lead the Leafs 2-0 after one period.

Goalie nods: Reimer, Kuemper both start third straight

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Leafs stick with Reimer

James Reimer said he re-upped in Toronto this summer because he would be given a shot at the No. 1 gig.

Well, he’s certainly getting that chance.

Reimer will make his third straight start tonight when the Leafs host Detroit at the ACC. The 26-year-old ‘tender has won two straight while posting a 2.24 GAA and .920 save percentage, which is why he’ll get the nod over Jonathan Bernier, who hasn’t suited up since replacing the injured Reimer against the Rangers on Sunday.

For Detroit, Jimmy Howard will get the nod in goal.

All Kuemper, all the time

Minnesota is playing just its third game of the season tonight — thank the schedule-makers for that one — and it’ll be Darcy Kuemper in goal once again, looking to extend his shutout streak beyond its current 120 minutes.

Kuemper has stopped all 46 shots faced this season (granted, all were against Colorado) and will look to do more of the same this evening against the Ducks in Anaheim.

Speaking of the Ducks, Frederik Andersen will get the call in net.

Elsewhere…

Panthers at Sabres: Roberto Luongo vs. Jhonas Enroth

Flames at Jackets: Karri Ramo vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Preds at Jets: Pekka Rinne vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Canucks at Oilers: Ryan Miller vs. Ben Scrivens

Related: Scrivens isn’t ‘cowering,’ tells coach he’s going to win tonight