BOSTON – Facing elimination Friday night the Maple Leafs, backstopped by James Remer in net, staved off an early exit from the playoffs by defeating the Boston Bruins 2-1.
Reimer was near flawless in facing 45 shots from the Bruins who were looking to close out the series and get some rest for the second round. Reimer yielded one goal on the night and provided the spark the Leafs were in desperate need.
“I think that we have to really make sure that our preparation is proper, and we’ve already spoken to them about that after the game and made sure that we do the right things between now and the faceoff on Sunday night,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said on NHL.com “It’s of vast importance that we take care of every little thing that we can physically. And mentally might be just as difficult, because we were in a situation where we had to win a game on the road and now we’re going back home and I’m sure that we’ve poked the Bruins. They’re going to be a very desperate hockey club come Sunday night, and we’ve got to be equally as desperate.”
Tyler Bozak got Toronto on the board in the second on a shorthanded goal.
It was relieving for sure,” Bozak said on NHL.co. “I hadn’t scored yet in this series, so in a big game it was nice to get us on the board. And the boys killed a huge [penalty] for me at the end of the game, so it was nice all around.”
In the third, Clarke MacArthur put the Leafs up 2-0 when he converted a Boston turnover and beat Tuukka Rask.
“I felt like I was going to get one tonight,” MacArthur said on NHL.com. “I had chances early on, and to be able to get the game-winner like that, it was a great feeling. After getting one last game, [I] just felt likely I would get a good shot and have a good chance at it. Luckily enough, I got one tonight.”
Rask stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced on the night.
Zedno Charra scored for the Bruins at 11:12 of the third to cut the lead in half. But the Bruins were denied by Reimer the rest of the way including a glorious save on Jaromir Jagr late in the stanza.
The series now switches back to Toronto where the Leafs get to host one more game in this post season.