I honestly believe that James Reimer’s days with the Toronto Maple Leafs are numbered. Since filling in for an injured Jonathan Bernier, Reimer’s record is 1-3.
Yet, again, Toronto lost their third straight game 5-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. “Obviously, we haven’t played as well as we need to,” said Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle during the post game press conference.
Getting back to Reimer, the question is, What happened to him? Last year he was on his way to being a star goal tender in the National Hockey League.
Reimer had a 19-8 win-loss record, a save percentage of .924 and a 2.46 Goals Against Average. This year, Reimer’s save % is .910 and his GAA. is 3.29.
Is it possible that Reimer was rattled after blowing a 4-1 lead in game seven of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against Boston last year? Who knows.
There was a scary incident in the in the opening period of the Tampa Bay game. With just 4.1 seconds to go in the period, Paul Ranger of the Maple Leafs was hit from behind by Tampa’s Alex Killorn. Ranger had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher. Killorn got a five minute major and a game misconduct. Ranger was release from the hospital a couple days later.
The Leafs lost their fourth straight game to the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. Mason Raymond got two assists and Joffery Lupul racked up two points during the game. Reimer made 32 saves and his record for the last five games falls to 1-4.
Toronto lost their fifth straight game to the New Jersey Devils 3-2. Reimer was pulled and was replaced by rookie Drew MacIntyre.
“We have to find a way to stop the bleeding,” said Carlyle.
Things got heated when a member of the media asked Carlyle about goal tending during the post game press conference.
“I’m not making any comments about goal tending thanks to you guys (the media),” said Carlyle.
The Leafs host the St. Louis Blues tomorrow night.