TORONTO - The Salvation Army Band played the anthems, but no one could rescue the NHLís save percentage leader and the Maple Leafs from an embarrassing loss.
On a blue Monday at the Air Canada Centre, James Reimer first heard the cheers when the numbers .947 were flashed on the scoreboard, then jeers from the ever-fickle home crowd. But the goaltender had no support group in a 6-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, an opponent that looked beatable to say the least as it limped into Toronto.
Adding to the wayward Leafsí woes could be another injury to winger Joffrey Lupul, who was not on the bench for the third period. An extended loss would be felt with three road games in four nights getting underway Wednesday in Pittsburgh, going through Buffalo and ending in Montreal.
While the Jackets practised Sunday at the end of their five-game trip and the Leafs rested before their fifth straight at the ACC, Toronto looked like it had just dragged itself around the circuit.