NHL scores 2014: Maple Leafs steal win in Detroit, Ducks roll Oilers
Good thing for Toronto James Reimer was very well rested. Also, woe is Edmonton. Again.
Reimer made 41 saves and stopped two out of three in the shootout to give the Maple Leafs a 2-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings.
Reimer hadn’t played since Nov. 15 against the Buffalo Sabres, a game he lost 6-2, and his teammates made sure he got plenty of work. Not only did he face 42 shots through 65 minutes, but the Red Wings attempted 74 shots. Compared to the Maple Leafs’ 33 attempts (19 on-goal) and you want to give Reimer all three stars of the game.
Phil Kessel scored his 15th goal of the season to tie it up in the third period. Gustav Nyquist had Detroit’s lone goal. After the game, the talk was all about Reimer and Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle had some fun with it.
Carlyle on Reimer: “He was just OK.” Big laugh. “I’ve been waiting a long time for that.
— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) December 11, 2014
Good one, Randy.
If you’re not catching the reference, go back to last season when after a similar performance from Reimer, Carlyle said it was “just OK.” He really tied the room together on Monday night.
All NHL scores
Maple Leafs 2, Red Wings 1 (F-SO)
Three Things We Learned
1. Winning in spite of yourself won’t last long. Looking back at Toronto’s Corsi differential against Detroit (they were minus-41) just hammers home how great Reimer was. It also shows on some nights luck wins out. We’ve seen this happen a lot with the Leafs in the recent past and with a few other teams as well, and while the win is the thing, these issues have to be addressed if more wins are to come.
2. Beleskey magic. Ducks forward Matt Beleskey tied Corey Perry for the team lead in goals when he scored his 14th of the season in the first period against Edmonton. If there was an area that was weak for the Ducks it was on the left wing, but Beleskey’s performance so far this season has been a gift from the Hockey Gods. His 14 goals have come on 76 shots and while 18.4 percent is high, it’s still less than Perry’s 20.6 percent.
3. Nyquist still rolling. Many wondered if Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist would be able to keep up his production from last season when he was a sudden star for Detroit. So far, so good. He scored his 13th goal of the season on Monday and now leads the team in that department, one better than Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar. He was a revelation last season and now he’s one of their key guys this season. That’ll do.
This pass from James van Riemsdyk to Phil Kessel to help the Maple Leafs tie the game in the third period was the real highlight of the night. Look at Kessel just getting a stick on the cross-ice pass from van Riemsdyk. He’s pretty good.
(GIF courtesy: @myregularface)
Stat of the Night
Reimer’s win against the Red Wings was the first in his career. He was 0-3-0 in four games played and had a .877 save percentage and a 3.96 goals-against average. Finally, statistical regression works in the Maple Leafs favor.
Ducks win 2-1 over Oilers. Fifth straight win, 12th straight by one-goal margin.
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) December 11, 2014
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