The Stat Line Of The Night — 3/22/11 — James Reimer
A few months ago the Toronto Maple Leafs playoffs hopes seemed to be non-existent. My oh my, how things have changed since then, thanks in large part to the play of goaltender James Reimer. After playing with the Leafs’ farm team, the Toronto Marlies, for half the season, the 23-year-old native of Morweena, Manitoba made his first career NHL start on January 1st, 2011. He would stop 32 of the 33 shots he faced that night during a win over the Senators, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Over the course of the past three months, Reimer has put together a 16-7-4 record with the big club, including an important 29-save shutout performance last night against the Minnesota Wild to help earn his team the 3-0 victory. It was Reimer’s third shutout of the season.
With the win, the Leafs remain in tenth place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind ninth-place Carolina and five behind eighth-place Buffalo, who were both victorious last night as well. With only eight games remaining in their season, the Leafs will be hard-pressed to make up the enough ground to get them into the playoffs for the first time in the post-lockout era. If they wish to put together such a miraculous run, Reimer will need to come up with more games like last night’s, which earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, March 22, 2011.