Leafs goalie James Reimer jeered by home crowd

Leafs goaltender James Reimer make a save against the Blue Jackets on Monday in Toronto. Reimer was...

Leafs goaltender James Reimer make a save against the Blue Jackets on Monday in Toronto. Reimer was pulled after allowing six goals. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:55 AM ET

TORONTO - His save percentage dropped from .947 to .934, but judging by the home crowd, James Reimer’s stock dipped considerably further.

With the club spinning his league-best numbers as a positive before the game, knowing that wonky defensive play has often overworked both goalies this year, the dam burst. Six goals on 21 Columbus shots were the result, with Reimer hearing it the most from 19,241 disgruntled fans at the ACC.

“You take the good with the bad,” Reimer said of the jeering and a mock cheer when Jonathan Bernier made his first save in relief. “They’re the ones who pay the money and want to see a team work their hardest.

“You’re going to have nights where the puck just eludes you, as much as you try and bear down.”

Coach Randy Carlyle said netminding was only part of the problem for a team that couldn’t score one itself and had just 18 shots.


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