January 23, 2013
Leafs' Reimer mostly solid in season debut
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer eyeballs Sidney Crosby of the Penguins in close during a 5-2 Toronto victory last night. (Reuters)

A few more efforts like that and Randy Carlyle won’t have to convince his players that defence wins.

The Maple Leafs allowed 30 shots against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night, but by no means were they dominated by Sidney Crosby and Co.

Though the Penguins’ top three forwards — Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal — combined for 14 shots on goal, the Leafs closed gaps in their own end and didn’t give the Pittsburgh stars much room to wheel in a 5-2 Toronto victory.

And when the Penguins did break through, there was James Reimer, on top of his game in his first attempt of the season to demonstrate that general manager David Nonis doesn’t need to trade for a veteran goalie.

The video won’t show that Reimer had not played in months. It will show a guy who probably would have liked another shot at each of the Penguins’ goals. But it will also show that Reimer, mostly, was sharp.



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