Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask has been solid in this Eastern Conference quarter-final, and was again in the first period of Game 5 on Friday night. But it was James Reimer’s save on Patrice Bergeron in the second that was the game’s turning point.
Shortly after that incredible toe save, and a subsequent save on Tyler Seguin, Tyler Bozak scored a short-handed mark on a breakaway to give the Leafs the lead.
Reimer had been taking some criticism in the series — including the way he played David Krejci’s OT goal on Wednesday — and had been playing in the shadow of Rask. But on Friday, Reimer really came into his own, turning aside 43 shots and stealing a game for the Leafs, as coach Randy Carlyle had hoped he would.
Reimer joked to HNIC’s Scott Oake after the game that he had “no idea” how he made the save on Bergeron, who had an open net.