May 10, 2013
James Reimer ignites Maple Leafs' Game 5 win against Bruins
Toronto youngsters find life in do-or-die matchup
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer makes a save on Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron during Game 5 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal at TD Garden in Boston, May 10, 2013. (BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters)

BOSTON - It was the save of the playoffs, of this series, and perhaps of a young goaltender’s NHL career to this point.

It was also a season-saver for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Reim Time went prime time here at TD Garden Friday night as the Leafs fought to stay alive in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal with the Bruins. A 2-1 win had it’s share of entertaining and heart-stopping moments, but none more than the second-period save Reimer made on Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron.

One of 43 Reimer made in the ultimate redemption night for the overtime softy he let squeeze by him Wednesday, the save had his teammates grasping for superlatives.

With the score tied 0-0 and the Leafs having control of the game with nothing to show for it on the scoreboard, Bergeron got a chance that surely gave him nightmares after the miss. All alone at the left side of the net, his attempt to bury the puck was thwarted by the lightning-quick reflexes of a Reimer kick save and a toe darting out at just the right spot.

“It was just one of those plays where the puck got to (Bergeron) back door and he was just trying to get something over there,” Reimer said, describing the play he may be re-living for quite some time. “Luckily enough I got my toe over there and luckily enough he hit it.

“He still had some room on the side too. It was just one of those lucky saves.”

As is his way, Reimer was being far too modest. While Bergeron had plenty of net to fire at, there’s no way he could have predicted the acrobatics that awaited.



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