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On the eve of the Leafs meeting with the Ottawa Senators, James Reimer was named the NHL’s top rookie for the month of March in what has been a whirlwind season for the recently turned 23-year old goaltender. After making his first career start on January 1st against the Senators in Ottawa, Reimer returned yesterday in hopes of recording his 20th win of the season in only his 34th career game. Not bad for a former fourth round pick who began the season as a Toronto Marlie.
With an impressive 20-8-4 record, including a 2.54 goals against average and 0.922 save percentage, Reimer has earned his stay asÂ a starting NHL goaltender. Not only is he capable of playing in the pressure packed market in Toronto, but he is embracing the spotlight with his calm and collected attitude. Again last night Reimer made the saves that mattered and showed no signs of being fazed after a quickfire double from Ottawa Senators erased a 2-0 lead.
Barring a meltdown from either the eighth place New York Rangers or ninth place Carolina Hurricanes, the Leafs will finish out of the post season for a sixth consecutive season. Despite that likely result, there is a long list of reasons why this team has what it takes to ride back to the glory land next year.
Along with the stellar play of James Reimer, the team could boast as many as four 30-goal scorers next season in Phil Kessel, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin, and Joffrey Lupul. Led by Dion Phaneuf, the defense is chock full of young, bruising defenseman who strike fear into the eyes of opponents.
They may have run out of time, but the Leafs play over the backend of the season resembles the type of team that Brian Burke has beenÂ constructing since he arrived in Toronto almost two-and-a-half years ago. By his standards, theÂ blue andÂ white haveÂ moved from the walkingÂ phase and are poised to hit the ground running when the ACC doors open in September.
â€œItâ€™s not by fluke weâ€™re playing important games right now. Itâ€™s because of our determination and our ability. To a guy in here, we know we can win, we know weâ€™re a good team and every night we have a real good chance to win. Right now, we just believe. Thatâ€™s why things are going so well.â€
- James Reimer, courtesy of Kevin McGran at the Toronto Star
Game recap from the Toronto Star.
Mislav with last night’s game in 10 recapping the LeafsÂ 4-2 win over the Senators.
Chase Hadden at Leafs Nation Online with a recap ofÂ Â the game.
Interesting look at Colborne’s first game on the farm from Jonathan Willis at The Leafs Nation.
Jonas Siegel’s preview of last night’s contest and notes on the team.
Roy McGregor looks at the team’s slim playoff hopes with three games left in the regular season.
The Leafs dug themselves a hole early in the season and haven’t be able to climb back into the playoffs.
Mike Zeisberger at the Toronto Sun thinks Canucks fans should give more credit toÂ Brian Burke and Dave Nonis for laying the groundwork towards a championship team.
Marlies lose 2-0 to Lake Erie and are
Other hockey links:
Jonathan Willis at Houses of the Hockey tackles the myth as to whether the Presidents’ Trophy really does have a negative impact on a team.
Longtime referee McCreary finishes his career in Washington where it began almost 27 years ago.
Miller listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury and may not play today against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Don Maloney and the Phoenix Coyotes win the sweepstakes for the highly touted, Hobey Baker nominee Andy Miele. The 22-year old was the highest scoring player in college hockey this season, with 24 goals and 47 assists in 39 games for the Miami-Ohio RedHawks; the team where the late Brendan Burke served as the student manager.
Last Night in Leafs Prospects:
Jerry D’Amigo had another solid performance in a 2-0 win for the Kitchener Rangers, in which he netted a goal to bring his post-season total to five in six games. In other action, the Owen Sound Attack crushed the London Knights by a 6-0 score to take a 3-to-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Jesse Blacker was pointless with a plus-one rating.