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Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle challenged his club “to be more than ordinary’’ in Wednesday night’s Game 1 of this best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series against the Bruins.
Through the first 16 minutes, James Reimer seemed to live up to his coach’s expectations, submitting an extraordinary effort in net as his team clung to a 1-0 lead.
Reimer, who was making his playoff debut, looked like anything but a neophyte in stopping the first 10 shots he faced.
However, in the ensuing 44 minutes, Reimer looked very much like a playoff neophyte in a 4-1 loss before a delirious Garden crowd of 17,565.
“He made some big stops,’’ Carlyle said. “And then even on the goals that were scored . . . we screened him.’’