Toronto at Ottawa

Leafs' Reimer posts 31-save win in first start


OTTAWA -- The Toronto Maple Leafs gave James Reimer all the offensive support a goalie could wish for in his first NHL start.

Tyler Bozak scored two goals, Reimer made 32 saves, and Toronto beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Saturday night.

Darryl Boyce scored his first NHL goal and Clarke MacArthur and Luke Schenn also tallied for the Maple Leafs, who led 5-0 just over 5 minutes into the second.

"It's always easier to play when you have a lead, especially when it's 3-0, 4-0, 5-0," said Reimer, whose wife flew in from Vancouver earlier Saturday. "You know there's not as much pressure on you so you can relax a little more."

Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said he decided two days earlier to start Reimer, whose parents and sister were also in the crowd.

"He knew about it," Wilson said. "I certainly wasn't going to share that with the piranhas in our media that would maybe upset him a little bit, and he was able to calmly go about his business and be ready for the game."

Joey Crabb and Phil Kessel assisted on a pair of goals by Bozak 2:57 apart in the first period, and the Maple Leafs won for the second time in six games. Tomas Kaberle also had two assists.

"We had a tough couple of losses in our last two games," Bozak said. "Both games we thought we could have won so it was big for us to come out here and get a lead, and then not sit back but build on that lead."

Sergei Gonchar scored a power-play goal later in the second for Ottawa, which lost its third in a row (0-2-1).

"It was absolutely frustrating," Senators left wing Nick Foligno said. "We don't know for what reason the game got so out of hand but it's tough to deal with, obviously."

Brian Elliott stopped four of seven shots before he was replaced 16:10 into the game. Mike Brodeur made 12 saves in relief.

MacArthur opened the scoring at 1:57. He spun around to drive a shot past Elliott for his 10th goal.

Kessel stripped the puck off defenseman Erik Karlsson and passed it to Crabb to begin the play that led to Toronto's second goal.

Crabb drove into the Senators zone and passed the puck back to Bozak, who fired a shot past Elliott from the slot at 12:24.

Bozak struck again at 15:21, combining with his linemates again to make it 3-0.

Boyce, who got an assist in his season debut on Thursday, made it 4-0 when he beat Brodeur 3:18 into the second for his first goal.

Schenn's second of the season made it 5-0 at 5:46.

Reimer made 11 saves in the first, 10 in the second -- when he was beaten for Gonchar's fifth goal -- and 11 more in the third. He stopped each of the four shots he faced in his debut on Dec. 20, when he relieved Jonas Gustavsson in Toronto's 6-3 loss to Atlanta.


  • Maple Leafs C John Mitchell was a healthy scratch.
  • Senators LW Jarkko Ruutu was left out of the lineup for a second night in a row.
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Jim O'Brien of the Senators attempts the wraparound shot as Leafs goalie James Reimer shuts the door. (Getty Images)
Jim O'Brien of the Senators attempts the wraparound shot as Leafs goalie James Reimer shuts the door. (Getty Images)

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Scoring Summary
01:57 - Clarke MacArthur (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Kaberle
12:24 - Tyler Bozak (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Crabb, Kessel
15:21 - Tyler Bozak (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Crabb, Kessel
03:18 - Darryl Boyce (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Versteeg, Armstrong
05:46 - Luke Schenn (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kaberle, Kulemin
13:00Power Play - Sergei Gonchar (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Karlsson, Alfredsson
Penalty Summary
06:12Shannon, 2 min, Slashing
09:07Neil, 2 min, Roughing
09:07Orr, 2 min, Roughing
16:25Orr, 5 min, Fighting
16:25Carkner, 5 min, Fighting
16:25Carkner, 2 min, Elbowing
19:05Boyce, 2 min, Kneeing
19:43Grabovski, 2 min, Tripping
06:02Smith, 2 min, Roughing
11:33Komisarek, 2 min, Tripping
12:50Beauchemin, 2 min, High-Sticking
14:29Fisher, 2 min, Hooking
14:29Phaneuf, 2 min, Roughing
14:29Alfredsson, 2 min, Slashing
06:23Kovalev, 2 min, Holding
12:26Neil, 5 min, Fighting
12:26Orr, 5 min, Fighting
12:26Foligno, 2 min, Roughing
12:26Phaneuf, 2 min, Roughing
12:26Orr, 2 min, Cross-Checking
12:26Orr, 10 min, Misconduct
12:26Neil, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
James Reimer59:56321
Mike Brodeur43:50122
Brian Elliott16:1043
Game Information
Attendance - 20027
Referees - Frederick L'Ecuyer, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Jean Morin, Brian Murphy
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