Stat Line of the Night — 4/14/2013 — Clay Buchholz
Stat Line of the Night — 4/15/2013 — James Reimer
The Toronto Maple Leafs’ offense seemed to take the night off on Monday, as they were only able to muster 12 shots on goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur. But they were able to score on one of those shots, and more importantly, their goaltender, James Reimer, was able to stop each of the 32 shots that the Devils’ players sent his way.
Reimer stood on his head and stole this one for the Maple Leafs, who probably had no business being in this contest at times. Sixteen of his saves came in the opening 40 minutes of the game, and he had to make another 16 saves during the final period to help preserve the Leafs’ one-goal lead, as they would add an empty-netter with less than one minute remaining to secure the 2-0 victory.
With the win, the Leafs appear destined to finish in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. That means they’ll be making their first playoff appearance since 2004, and if they hope to make it a lengthy post-season, they will need more performances like this one from James Reimer, who earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, April 15, 2013.