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Leafs defeat Kings thanks to Reimer’s relief appearance

Mar 14, 2014, 1:31 AM EDT

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James Reimer began Thursday night’s game on the end of the bench. By the end, he was being mobbed by his teammates.

Reimer was called into action to begin the second period between his Toronto Maple Leafs and the host L.A. Kings, due to a lower-body injury to Jonathan Bernier. And Reimer was spectacular, stopping all 30 shots he faced. He was under siege in the third period as the Kings first looked for the go-ahead goal and then the equalizer.

In the end, the Leafs prevailed for the 3-2 win. That gives Toronto two wins on their three-game road trip through California, which included games against the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks, in addition to Thursday’s meeting with the Kings.

For the Kings, it ends their winning streak at eight games.

There were some nervous moments before that, as Reimer was shaken up on a collision with Kings’ center Jarret Stoll in the second period.

Reimer was spectacular afterward, particularly in the third period. He robbed Anze Kopitar with the right pad on what looked to be a sure power play goal. Just seconds later, with Toronto on the penalty kill, Leafs’ forward Mason Raymond ripped a slap shot from his off-wing to give the Leafs a 3-2 lead.

  1. nightfireop - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    reimer was beast, the leafs earned that win.

    • charlieconway96 - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:09 AM

      No, no Reimer earned that win for them pretty much on his own. The only time it looked like the Leafs were actually pushing back was the first half of the second period.

      • withseidelinn - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:30 AM

        I guess if a goalie steals one for any other team it’s a great performance, but when it’s the Leafs they just get “bailed out”.

      • dueman - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Hey Charlie, those three goals Reimer scored all by himself were fantastic, weren’t they? Reimer definitely played great, but hockey is a team sport. Besides, were do you think the Kings would be without Quick, or San Jose without Niemi….every good team has a good goalie, or two.

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:56 AM

      Reimer. Great performance. Wish Bernier had stayed in, though.

      Glad that Gaborik got his first goal.

      Go, Kings!

  2. blomfeld - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:24 AM


    If ever the pain of defeat tasted sweet, then this is it. Congrats to Toronto for this gutsy effort and God speed to our friend Bernier … “may joy and success accompany you always” … Blomfeld

    • joey4id - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      As a coach you can always build on and be positive about a loss if you feel your team executed well. Go Kings! Looking forward to west conference playoff match ups. Especially the #2 and 3 match up in each division.

    • mcflower29 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      you’re pretty retarded for a coach given your checkered past.

  3. aldog83 - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    Well…..Gabby scored.

    Nice streak.

    Rather take win over Ducks on Saturday!


  4. joey4id - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Not a sniper’s goal for Gab by any stretch of the imagination, but even a garbage goal is good for the ego.

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