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Reimer praises teammates following Nashville win

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs


The Toronto Maple Leafs have taken points from five of their last six games and much of that can be attributed to the play of goaltender James Reimer. In his last six games, Reimer has posted a 3-1-2 record, allowing just 11 goals on the strength of a .943 save percentage.

While Reimer has earned much of the praise for his steadying presence in goal and a handful of highlight reel stops, he was quick to deflect the praise back on to teammates following Thursday's win in Nashville. The combination of the club's structure with confidence instilled in them by the play of their goaltender has resulted in additional standings points for the Leafs.

“I think I’m doing what I need to do but at the same time, my team is playing phenomenal. They’re battling, they’re working hard and they’re sacrificing," said Reimer. "Tonight wasn’t the prettiest night for both teams. The puck was bouncing, it was kind of a choppy… kind of a gross game out there but we just battled."

Reimer has singled out the work rate of the group as the prime reason for Thursday's win over the Predators.

"We battled and we competed, and we especially competed in the D-zone. It’s another game where we just worked our butt off and we got rewards.”

With this latest run, Reimer has improved his record to 4-2-3 on the season with a 2.33 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. The Leafs hit the ice again on Saturday night when they take on the Vancouver Canucks.

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