Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer makes a save during their NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Toronto

Save of the Night – James Reimer dives to rob Johansson (April 5)

Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

There has been plenty of hype surrounding Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender James Reimer lately. But if he keeps making saves like these, then he may make believers out of even the most jaded hockey fan. With the game (and at the time, the season) on the line, Reimer played yet another fantastic game to give the Leafs a chance to win. They ended up falling in a shootout and were eliminated from playoff contention when the Sabres beat the Lightning, but there’s no questioning that Reimer did his part. If you don’t believe us, maybe it would be best to ask Marcus Johansson after Reimer’s spectacular save in the third period.

James Reimer named NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March

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Maybe he came along a little too late to lead his team to the playoffs, but the NHL named Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer the Rookie of the Month for March.

Reimer went 9-4-1 with a 2.87 GAA, 91.3 save percentage and one shutout in March, according to the league. Overall, Reimer is 19-8-4 with an even better 92.2 save percentage, 2.55 GAA and three shutouts during the 2010-11 season.

It’ll be interesting to see if Reimer can make good on a nice half-season of work, but the Maple Leafs finally have a young goalie whom they can attach their hopes to going forward.

He beat out goalies Corey Crawford and Braden Holtby along with forwards Jeff Skinner, Tyler Ennis and Michael Grabner for the award.

Here is the list of rookie of the month winners during this season, from an NHL press release.

Reimer joins previous Rookie of the Month winners Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals (October), Sergei Bobrovsky of the Philadelphia Flyers (November), Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks (December), Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes (January) and Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders (February).

Save of the Night – James Reimer (March 19)

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Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

Much like the choice to make Tyler Ennis the March 19th Goal of the Night winner, there were a lot of great saves – and goalie performances – to choose from Saturday. Pekka Rinne made some nice stops on his way to a victory against the Detroit Red Wings while Mathieu Garon turned away the Minnesota Wild in overtime.

Ultimately, it came down to James Reimer. The Toronto Maple Leafs rookie netminder made an outstanding save on Tyler Seguin, which is almost symbolic since Reimer’s having a superior first year to Seguin in many ways.

Save of the Night – James Reimer (March 16)

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Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

Things could have been very different in Toronto’s 3-1 win in Carolina on Wednesday night. Early in the 2nd period, the Leafs and Canes were tied 1-1 when Eric Staal had a breakaway. If he scores, the rest of the game takes on a completely different complexion. Instead,James Reimer continued to give Leafs Nation unbridaled hope by stoning the eldest Staal brother with a strong pad against the post. The Leafs went on to win the game on the power of two goals by Dion Phaneuf, but they can look back to this save by Reimer as a turning point.

Save of the Night – James Reimer (March 3)

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Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

What a tough decision tonight. Almost any other night Jose Theodore’s sprawling save on Ryan Callahan would easily be the save of the night. But James Reimer was able to flash the glove to stop a point blank shot by Danny Briere from the middle of the slot. That save just happened to be with 20 seconds left in a 1-goal game. As if all of that wasn’t enough, the puck bounces off the top of the net and would have dropped onto the goal line if it wasn’t for Reimer’s second save on the play.

Can’t really go wrong either way—but we’ll go with Reimer’s stop simply because it saved the victory for the Leafs.

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