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Reimer’s first win of season trumps first goals from Crosby, Malkin

Jan 23, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

On a night of firsts, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer‘s first start and victory of the 2013 season stole the show.

Wednesday marked the Pittsburgh Penguins’ home opener at Consol Energy Center and Sidney Crosby‘s and Evgeni Malkin‘s first goal of the season, yet the Leafs won comfortably 5-2.

The 24-year-old netminder gave up his other goal when Crosby set up Malkin, 26, for his initial goal of 2013:

Reimer was then put in an unenviable position during Sid the Kid’s tally, as the famous 25-year-old burned the Buds on this semi-breakaway:

Still, from that point on early in the second period, Reimer didn’t allow another goal. Overall, he stopped 28 out of 30 shots for the victory.

It’ll be interesting to see how much of an impact this night makes on his goalie battle with Ben Scrivens. Reimer’s 26-year-old rival has a good chance of playing Toronto’s next game for the simple reason that it’s a quick turnaround as they host the New York Islanders on Thursday.

The real star of the game was James Van Riemsdyk, by the way, as his three-point night propelled the Leafs to a surprise victory. That two-goal, one-assist night fittingly represented his first points of 2013.

So, to be fair to everyone involved, the full highlights are available below:

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  1. killerpgh - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    The Leafs controlled the last 2 periods and pulled away for the win. Seems like the road teams are dominating the W/L ratio throughout the early part of this season. Great fight between Engelland and Orr as well. 66 seconds is a long time to throw’em.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      No kidding, and they weren’t just grabbing each other’s jerseys, they were landing some serious shots.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      The Pens simply got outhustled in the final two periods. Toronto won because they outworked the Penguins, battled harder along the boards, and stayed in good position.

      If the penguins would have made up their mind to win those races to loose pucks consistently rather than a couple of minutes here and there the outcome may have been different.

      Now you can say killing off a continuous 5 on 3 for 4 to 6 minutes left them tired and unable to maintain a consistent battle level but both teams had chances. The Pens simply got outhustled.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    They have to go with Reimer now. He’s supposed to be their starter and he looks like he’s up to the task. Nothing against Scrivens but it’s not like after three games he’s outshone Reimer in any way. Go with your #1.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Stick with him until he loses and then go back to Scrivens until he loses and do this until you know who the number one is because he will be the guy playing the most.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Admittedly I am not as familiar with the Toronto goaltender situation as the Leaf fans are but I was pretty impressed with Reimer last night. He plays a little bit far back in his crease for my liking, but he seems to have the lateral quickness and flexibility to make up for it. Giving up two goals to the Pens (including one on a breakaway) isn’t too shabby.

      Although the defense played really well in front of him too – something about the Leafs just troubles the Pens over the last few years. Don’t want to see them in a 1-8 or 2-7 matchup this year.

  3. somekat - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    JVR was involved in as many goals tonight as the entire Flyers roster thus far

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      Ouch. Low blow my dude ha.

  4. orangeandblack67 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Boy has the pot been calling the kettle black. Just took a look at the box score; 3 boarding calls an unsportsmanlike conduct and a game misconduct. WOW, and pens fans try to label other teams as dirty.?.?.! Look in the damn mirror.

    • bmscalise - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Clearly you didn’t watch the game. Look, the Pens were awful tonight, and they didn’t deserve to win. But those calls were garbage. I haven’t seen officiating that bad in a really long time: those calls you named weren’t dirty; they were fabricated. The Pens had a right to be angry about the officiating, just like the officiating was terrible in the Buff/Phi game the other day. Regardless of what you think of the Pens team, they did nothing on the ice tonight that could even kinda conceived as “dirty”. But – go ahead and just assume, without actually watching the game, Flyers fan.

      • killerpgh - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        I think the refs are pissed about missing pay days from the lock out and are taking it out anytime a player looks at them the wrong way. Or they might have studied the rule book while they were off. Those boarding calls are the correct calls. It’s just that they never (ok usually) called them before. Vincent Lecavlier had a similar hit to Kuntiz’s 2nd boarding call against the Capitals a day or 2 ago and now that player is out injuried. No penalty was called and i wouldn’t be shocked if a memo went out to the refs. Now if they keep calling it that way throughout the the SCF I don’t have a problem with it and players will adjust. But if they pick and choose when they will enforce the penalties that’s when everyone will have a problem with it.

      • bmscalise - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        BS. Letang’s boarding barely qualified as a hit; it was more a bump. And Kunitz – the dude wasn’t even facing the boards. They were beyond weak calls. And that isn’t even to mention at least three blatant tripping calls that the officials refused to call against the Leafs, as well as a really questionable too many men (which is what the misconducts are about).

        The Pens deserved to lose, but the officiating was inexcusable and made the game unwatchable.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM

        So wait… it’s now perfectly reasonable that we Flyers fans complained about having two goals waved off b/c the Pens had a poorly officiated game? Pens fans trolled up and down Flyers pages basking in our misery and instigating countless arguments. We were “whiners” and “Cryers” and sore losers (and much worse) but now because you know what it’s like to get hosed by horrible referees you’re freely admitting that the game was poorly officiated? Look I didn’t get the Pens game on tv here so idk how bad the calls were, I’m not doubting they were terrible, but can you guys atleast admit there’s a double standard here? I’m sure no one will, and I’ll get a ton of thumbs down, but I’d say it’s atleast a tiny bit hypocritical.

      • sportsfreak13 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:17 AM

        Again phillyphantic your right. The calls were no excuse. Pens just flat out lost. Refereeing goes both ways a lot in hockey. Some days the calls go your way sometimes they don’t. You still have to play the hand your dealt and execute. Tonight we didn’t, so hat tip to a good hard skating leafs team.

      • bmscalise - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:23 AM

        @phillyphanatic- I watched most of that game and thought at least one of those goals should have stood. I’m not responsible for what other Pens fans say. I don’t generally call out officiating – but when it is truly negligent, it deserves to be. Flyers fans had a legitimate gripe against Buffalo, and the Pens deserved to be angry tonight. The too-many-men call at the end of the game was apparently called by the official on the far end of the ice, while the official near the bench said it was good: hence the misconducts, etc.

      • whatthepuck2012 - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:22 AM

        I had the misfortune of being at the game. We certainly didn’t deserve to win…got outplayed in pretty much every aspect. We couldn’t complete a pas if our lives depended on it. But those “boarding” calls? I’m not blaming the refs for our loss, because we killed many of those penalties (and I’m not a Flyers fan), but sometimes you start thinking “What…we can’t CHECK anymore??”
        Sloppy, sloppy play. Thanks for the sucky opening night, Pens.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        It’s nice to see plenty of rational thoughts on the otherside. I’ve been getting sick of the nonstop rhetoric going back and forth on Flyers and Pens pages. In moderation it’s great but when you just wanna have a hockey conversation it gets obnoxious. Anyway having only seen highlights of the game I’ll take your word that the officiating was horrendous. I think we can all agree that, although it’s early, the refs haven’t been up to snuff. I guess technically it’s still like the Preseason for them too, but I’ve seen more missed/bad calls so far than I can ever remember in the 1st 3 games of a season. Like the Schenn hit on Volchenkov, totally illegal, but refs were looking right at it and didn’t make a call. And it turns out to be a suspendable play. Here’s hoping they’re having some meetings to get all this figured out- what does and doesn’t constitute a penalty. Since they don’t seem to know, or atleast the definition keeps changing.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      The refs were calling boarding in a way I’ve never really seen it – instead of just taking a look at the box score, if you’re going to comment you should watch the game. The calls weren’t based on dangerous hits, and there may have been a little bit of elaboration on both sides of the puck once the boys saw that the refs were looking to blow their whistles. The game misconduct wasn’t dirty, either…was directed toward the ref…not even sure what that was about.

      It was a good, clean game (even the fight) and Toronto played harder than the Pens. They deserved the win – but both sides played with respect. That’s the difference between men and boys.

  5. cavafox - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    To add. The unsportsmanlike was a too many men and another ‘arguing’ penalty which the refs seem to be handing out candy.

    I still have not seen anything anywhere explain the Malkin misconduct at the end of the game.

  6. sportsfreak13 - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Good win leafs. Pens played poorly tonight and they paid for it. Hope lupul isn’t out long.

  7. orangeandblack67 - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Well for starters bms I don’t think you understand the rules very well. Too many men on the ice does not lead to misconduct penalties; it’s a bench minor. Also boarding and hitting from behind are two separate penalties (see rule 41.1). It just sounds like you are pretty quick to make excuses.

    • bmscalise - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      Seriously? They got the misconduct for arguing about the too many men call. Again – why comment if you don’t actually know what happened?

  8. orangeandblack67 - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    My original comment was directed towards the fact that when the penguins commit multiple dirty penalties I.E. boarding their fans scream “bad call” and when Crosby receives unsportsmanlike conduct for arguing a call it’s some how justified but if the Flyers do the same they are considered filthy goons and having a whining mentality. It just seems to have Homer written all over it. And I don’t mean Simpson.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      1) The boarding call on Kunitz was bad (it was basically the same hit Tootoo put on that Star two days ago), the one on Letang was questionable. Neither was dirty, or particularly hard.
      2) Giroux has also gotten a couple of unsportsmanlike calls himself so far this year – Captains are the vocal leaders of their teams and that includes to the Refs and therefore they will take unsportsmanlike penalties – casualty of the position.

      I will admit that the Pens and Flyers fans are quick to label the other team’s players cheap, dirty, goons, whiney, etc. but the fact of the matter is you did the exact same thing on multiple posts above and in that regard you lose any and all credibility – especially considering its obvious you didn’t watch the game.

  9. 87eatsyourmom - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:04 AM

    pittsburgh gets a 19.8 tv rating and.philthy gets a 7. hockey town is here boys

    • travishenryskid - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Buffalo had a 22 rating.

  10. broadstbully33 - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Dirty pit with your dirty captain in the box for the last 2 mins. Boarding, game misconducts, just all around terrible play. Way to be a leader Cindy.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      HAHAHAHA Crosby was just serving the penalty, you effing moron! He played a hard game and didn’t feel the need to cross-check, or slewfoot, anyone. Please see above for the rest. Good LORD just when I think you can’t make yourself look like more of an idiot…you exceed expectations! Thank you for the wake up laugh….

  11. broadstbully33 - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Dirt Cindy leading the charge of dirty play. Will Lemieux condem his team a second time?

    • sportsfreak13 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      I guess every fanbase has that 1 special fan. For pens fans 87eatsyourmom is our helmethead, for Philly fans you get broadstreetbully33. Both bring nothing to the conversation, just trolls trying to see who can be the least mature.

  12. travishenryskid - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Maybe the Leafs aren’t that bad? They played Buffalo really well in their only loss. On paper they aren’t good, but they look really well coached right now.

  13. broadstbully33 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I watched the game. I watched put get out worked and outplayed. I saw pit play dirt and ang get 2 boarding calls. I saw Cindy in the penalty box at the end of the game, I saw Toronto score while Cindy was in the box, I also saw the game misconduct. Poor Lemieux he and Crosby probably cuddled and cried last night over the clean game they say they want but yet continue to prove they play the dirtiest in the league.

    • sportsfreak13 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Please enlighten me. What dirty plays did the pens engage in last night?

  14. broadstbully33 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    2 boarding calls…

    • sportsfreak13 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Yea if you watched the game like you say then you would know in both cases the maple leaf player put themselves in a vulnerable position and the one on kunitz was not a boarding call in my opinionit. Thats not dirty thats hockey. Leaving you feet to accomplish a head hit ( brayden schenn) thats dirty. Move along troll, move along.

  15. dprouse - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    The negative side of Crosby was on full display late in last night’s game. He was frustrated, and when he gets that way he starts either crying to the officials, getting into stupid spats with opposing players, or both. That’s the book on this guy now – phenomenal talent when he is focused, but if you can get under his skin his effectiveness falls of significantly.

  16. jaybird22seven - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Vulnerable position? Are you kidding me. Komaserik was clearing the puck with a follow through when he was hit into the boards. Anyway lets talk about Colton Orr. He is making a strong case for the heavyweight enforcer in the league this year.

  17. 87eatsyourmom - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    colton orr is a cheap.shot artist. engs destroyed him case close. the franchise never loses a fight. 19.8 rating

    • timsabourin - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      I guess alot of Pens fans saw that dismantling last night, team fell apart like a paper house in a hurricane by the time all was said and done.

  18. jaybird22seven - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    I don’t know what fight you were watching 87eatsithard but by the looks of England’s face he came up on the short end of that fight. Colton Orr is 2 for 2 in heavy weight tilts so far this year. Maybe try watching the fight a few times. You might figure it out !!!

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