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Reimer’s 49 saves powers Leafs win vs. Caps

Nov 23, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

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James Reimer carried the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 shootout win against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, stopping 49 out of 50 shots.

As TSN’s Jonas Siegel points out, tonight’s game bumps Reimer’s save percentage to .947 on the season, which leads the NHL at the moment. The 25-year-old is now 6-2-0 on the season, as he’s in the midst of an intriguing contract year.

Alex Ovechkin was the only Capitals player who could find the net, scoring his 20th goal of 2013-14 while firing six shots on Reimer. The 28-year-old has been the only Washington skater able to score a goal in the last three games – he had one tonight, two in the Caps’ previous game and none as the Caps were shut out on Nov. 20 – so it’s no surprise that the Caps are on a three-game losing streak.

(Hot take: they need more secondary scoring.)

The Maple Leafs have won three of their last four games thanks to brilliant goaltending from Reimer and Jonathan Bernier. Some might say it’s a faulty formula, but the Buds aren’t complaining. Tonight, at least.

  1. coltssteve - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    I am so glad that George McPhee and crew thought that Martin Erat was a better offensive force than the enigmatic Alexander Semin and an even better asset than Varlamov. How does McPhee still have a job? He and Paul Holmgren have done more to destroy the promising teams they built over the past three years than help them become contenders. McPhee and Holmgren have to be the most incompetent GMs in hockey, but they still have jobs. How has McPhee been in office for 17 years?!!!! Can you tell I am a disgruntled caps season ticket holder. It looks more and more like Bruce “contrived f-bomb” beadreau was not the problem.

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