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Video: James Reimer robs Patrice Bergeron (again)

Beyond impressing Wayne Gretzky, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first playoff berth in nine years has also served as a nice way for casual hockey fans to get acquainted with James Reimer.

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron might be one of the few who still wishes that the Maple Leafs backed up rumors by trading the young goalie. As of this writing, he’s scored one goal on just 26 shots against the 25-year-old netminder.

If you’re wondering why, this video backs up footage from Game 5 as evidence of Reimer’s successes against Bergeron. (Tyler Seguin’s been pretty frustrated by Reimer, too, as he’s managed zero goals on 26 shots at the moment.)

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Video: James Reimer robs Patrice Bergeron

James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs guards the net during an NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on March 17, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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If the Toronto Maple Leafs extend their first-round series against the Boston Bruins by winning Game 5, then they should probably thank goalie James Reimer.

The underrated netminder has had a strong Friday so far in stopping all 25 Bruins shots through two periods, but if you’d prefer to point to highlights, one could argue that his stop against Patrice Bergeron was his best one of the 2013 playoffs so far:

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Tyler Bozak scored the game’s first goal while the Leafs were shorthanded shortly after that impressive save, so people might just point to that stop as a turning point of Game 5. If nothing else, it was a fantastic stop.

PHT Morning Skate: Where James Reimer is tossed under the bus

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

James Reimer’s miserable performance against the Capitals was very much noticed and noted by Leafs coach Ron Wilson. (The Globe And Mail)

And if you think the Maple Leafs goaltending isn’t an issue that will be of concern at the deadline, think again. (TSN)

Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman is hurt again and it’s not sounding too good right now. (Tampa Tribune)

Bet you didn’t have Scott Hartnell on your list as “potential 30-goal scorer” heading into this season, did you? Mark it 30, dude. (CSNPhilly.com)

Luke Fox at Sportsnet tells us he thinks that teams honoring numbers rather than retiring them is total crap. (Sportsnet)

The Hurricanes may wind up being the worst shootout team of all time this season. Again. Congrats, guys! (News & Observer)

The Ducks are going to ride Jonas Hiller like a pony. A very well used pony. (OC Register)

Finally, watch Ottawa’s Chris Neil throw a thunderous hit on Boston’s Johnny Boychuk that even hurts us to watch. (NHL)

James Reimer dominates in the Battle of Ontario

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How do you follow up a a 1-0 shutout victory over Pittsburgh? Well, if your James Reimer, you post a 49-save shutout against the rival Ottawa Senators.

Reimer lost the starting job to Jonas Gustavsson in January, but he’s doing everything in his power to take it back. If anyone is as hot as Reimer right now, it’s Edmonton’s Sam Gagner, who had an unreal eight points on Thursday and already has three points through the first period of Saturday’s game. Barring something unforeseen happening, like Gustavsson starting, Reimer and Gagner will put their hot streaks to the test in Monday’s game between the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Watch James Reimer shut out the Penguins

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How do you stop arguably the hottest team (the Pittsburgh Penguins) and hottest player (Evgeni Malkin) in the NHL? Apparently you just have to call upon a guy who hasn’t played in two weeks.

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer’s been waiting in the wings since Jan. 17 as Jonas Gustavsson played some of the best hockey of his shaky NHL career, but he’s likely to receive more reps after Wednesday. The Leafs should-be starter stopped all 25 shots as the Maple Leafs halted the Penguins’ eight-game winning streak with a 1-0 decision.

Clarke MacArthur scored the only goal of a rather sleepy game, which closed out a back-to-back set that featured a wild Penguins come-from-behind victory on Tuesday. Toronto is now fairly comfortably placed in seventh place in the East with 58 points in 51 games.

This was a valuable win for Toronto because February represents an early challenge with six of its next eight games coming on the road.

Thin margin of error for Penguins

To some extent, it seemed like it was a matter of time for Pittsburgh, as much of its recent wins came in dramatic fashion lately. Five of the Penguins’ last six victories came via shootout or overtime triumphs, with quite a few coming thanks to late heroics from Malkin.

The Penguins’ next game should be an interesting measuring stick of where they really are right now, as they’ll visit the Bruins in Boston on Saturday.