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by Paul on 03/19/14 at 08:37 AM ET
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Randy Carlyle made sure he was being asked about James Reimer after a one-goal loss in Detroit, pausing before he offered an assessment of the now 26-year-old understudy.
“I thought he was okay, you know, just okay,” said Carlyle with a tone of evident frustration after a 3-2 defeat to the injury-riddled Red Wings squad, the Leafs third in the past four games.
Long a point of stability this season Toronto goaltending has suddenly been thrown into question with Carlyle's remarks, Reimer's performance and the uncertain status of injured no. 1 Jonathan Bernier. Starting in place of Bernier for the second straight game – his fourth consecutive appearance – Reimer allowed three goals on 31 shots, including a game-sealing squeaker under the left arm from Daniel Alfredsson with the Leafs down one in the final minutes of regulation.
It was the kind of stop Bernier has made routinely this season, one that Reimer needed to make at that point in the game and perhaps what soured Carlyle most afterward, Toronto's comeback attempt ultimately falling short.
“So he said I was just okay,” said Reimer, responding to Carlyle's comments. “I thought I played good, but obviously you'd like to make at least one of those saves in the third.”
Reimer's agent Ray Petkau tweets post game...
As is customary in Toronto, when your team plays poor defensively game after game you blame your goalie.
Apparently that last tweet needs clarification. Notice it's NOT directed at anyone in particular. It's a general observation. #BadTiming
I hadn't heard the post game interviews at that time. If I wanted to stir the pot, that would have been perfect! Nothing to see here folks..
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