TORONTO - The goalie competition still may be in its early stages, but whatever loyalty Randy Carlyle had to James Reimer can now be rinsed from the coach’s decision-making process.
Reimer vs. Jonathan Bernier is still a thing, but after allowing four goals in 21 shots in Saturday’s home opener against the Ottawa Senators, Carlyle was prompted to make his first performance-based call.
After a pair of goals in a forgettable 15-second stretch in the second period, Carlyle gave Reimer the hook.
And the rest of the night was save after big save for Bernier, including kicking out his pad on Jason Spezza in the shootout to give the Leafs a 5-4 win.
First star of the night and now quite possibly leading man in the Leafs rotation.
Forget that last year’s starter Reimer had an 8-1-1 lifetime record vs. the Sens. Or that he had a strong opening night in Montreal. Or that the team needed a spark.