Maple Leafs' James Reimer stands tall in win over Wild

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer makes a  save against the Minnesota Wild at the Air canada...

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer makes a save against the Minnesota Wild at the Air canada Centre in Toronto, Oct. 15, 2013. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 PM ET

TORONTO - The Maple Leafs’ goaltending battle rages on.

James Reimer repeatedly has told the media he’s not about to sit idly and watch Jonathan Bernier steal the crease from him.

Bernier has posted great numbers in his first five games as a Leaf, but after 10 days of being a spectator, Reimer got a chance to shine against the visiting Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

In the 4-1 Leafs victory, Reimer sparkled with a 37-save performance. Good thing he was on. His teammates managed just 14 shots on Wild goaltenders Darcy Kuemper, who started and was pulled, and Josh Harding.

Despite the pop-gun offence, the Leafs find themselves with a 6-1 record after seven games. Given the inconsistent defensive play, it’s somewhat remarkable, but the goaltending has been far above average.

And all this without prize signing David Clarkson, who has three games remaining in his 10-game suspension to start the regular season.


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