Curtis Joseph likes what he sees in James Reimer

James Reimer has found that 'swagger' all good goalkeepers need to win in the playoffs, according...

James Reimer has found that 'swagger' all good goalkeepers need to win in the playoffs, according to Curtis Joseph, who backboned the Leafs' playoff drives from 1999 to 2002. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:37 PM ET

As one of only two goalies to have started a post-season game for the Maple Leafs since the turn of the century, Curtis Joseph has some advice for young James Reimer, who seems to be on the cusp of joining Cujo and Ed Belfour in this elite club.

1. “Don’t listen to the media when you are playing bad.”

2. “Do listen to the media when you are playing good.”

3. “Most importantly, don’t lose your swagger.”

On Monday, Reimer had plenty of “swagger.”

He didn’t show it with any boastful post-game comments, Instead, that “swagger” was noticeable on the ice, where Reimer oozed the type of confidence associated with a goaltender who feels he can stop everything.

In the end, the Maple Leafs’ 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils may have been the best performance of Reimer’s infant NHL career. The throng inside the Air Canada Centre certainly thought so, loudly chanting: “Reimer! Reimer!”

It was reminiscent of the tributes that rained do


Videos

Photos