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One person who most paid the price for the massive number of turnovers by the Maple Leafs in Wednesday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarfinal series was goaltender James Reimer.
Reimer went into Saturday night’s Game 2 at TD Garden with a hefty 4.00 goals-against average and .900 save percentage after the 4-1 loss Wednesday.
The rangy 25-year-old is coming off a stellar regular season. He finished tied for sixth in the NHL shutouts with four and tied for seventh in save percentage (.924) in 33 games. That is the highest in a single season by an eligible Leafs goaltender since the league began keeping that statistic in 1983-84. The previous mark was held by Ed Belfour (.922) during the 2002-03 season.
“Obviously, it’s no lie, we didn’t play our best game,’’ said Reimer, who was making his Stanley Cup playoff debut. “But we have had tough games before throughout the season. It’s not indicative of how we can play. Obviously, it’s a good team over there. Our confidence is still up.’’