The Toronto Maple Leafs surprised many this summer by trading for goaltender Jonathan Bernier. They already had a young netminder in James Reimer, a player who had continued to improve and look capable of being a starter. How would the addition of Bernier affect Reimer’s confidence? While some saw a problem in the making, other saw the potential for this dynamic duo and so far the Maple Leafs have reaped the rewards of having two talented netminders. Perhaps no two-game stretch proves this more than Toronto’s back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday night, when they saw Reimer pitch a 43-save shutout against the Edmonton Oilers and Bernier follow up with a 41-save win over the Calgary Flames.
The Maple Leafs have now won three straight while allowing only three total goals, and their 10-4 record has them atop the Atlantic Division. The offensive support both goalies have received has certainly helped things, and on Wednesday Bernier got some help from Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk, Mason Raymond and Paul Ranger. The Maple Leafs now rank in the top six in the league in goals per game (third), goals against (sixth), power play percentage (second) and penalty kill percentage (fourth). It’s hard to argue with that kind of success, and as long as both goalies stay healthy and hot Toronto is in great shape for a return trip to the playoffs. Reimer is 4-0 with a 1.99 goals-against, while Bernier has six wins and a 2.31 goals-against. Both also sport great save percentage marks as well, as Reimer’s .949 is slightly better than the .933 mark of Bernier. Even more impressive is the fact that these last two wins came on the road, and on Saturday Toronto will finish up a Western Canada road trip by facing the Vancouver Canucks.