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Video: Gudas shot off draw catches Reimer off guard

Mar 19, 2014, 8:19 PM EDT

Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle felt goaltender James Reimer was “just okay” in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, per TSN.ca. Nevertheless, he started Reimer again tonight and so far it’s been a rough outing.

Radko Gudas got the Tampa Bay Lightning on the board early with a shot off the draw that Reimer didn’t see through traffic and consequently didn’t react to until it was too late.

Reimer has since surrendered a hat trick to Steven Stamkos to give Tampa Bay a 4-2 lead in the second period.

Carlyle’s assessment of Reimer was made more controversial when Reimer’s agent suggested that it was a Toronto tradition to blame the goaltender for poor defensive play. The agent, Ray Petkau, later told TSN’s Bob McKenzie that he wasn’t aware of Carlyle’s comments at the time and didn’t intend for his tweet to be seen as a response to the bench boss.

“That said, obviously this has been a trying season for James but those are issues that we will deal with in the off season,” Petkau added.

Jonathan Bernier has taken the starting job from Reimer, but he is currently unavailable due to a groin injury.

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  1. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    I don’t know what it is about Reimer, but he’s TERRIBLE at the start of games. Let in a couple softies against the caps. Knocked in his own rebound against Detroit.

    As long as Bernier’s out the Leafs need to find a way to play D long enough to get Reimer into the game. Otherwise it will be more of this. Not going to win many games when you have to play catch up ALL the time.

    Reimer needs to be better and the D needs to support him better.

    Hurry back Bernie!

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