Reimer shines as Leafs get past Capitals in SO

Updated: November 24, 2013

Toronto, ON ( – James Reimer turned aside 49 shots and stood
tall during the shootout to help the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Washington
Capitals, 2-1, at Air Canada Centre.

Toronto moved ahead on their fourth shooter when Joffrey Lupul made a stutter-
step move and wristed a shot over the glove of Braden Holtby to kick off the
final round. Reimer then watched as Troy Brouwer shot his chance over the net
to end the contest.

David Clarkson scored during a second-period power play, with Jake Gardiner
and Nazem Kadri picking up the helpers as the Leafs won for the third time in
their last four.

“I felt a little better back there tonight,” said Reimer. “It means a lot to
win these games in the shootout because it’s one of those little extra things
at the end that allow you to help the team get a win.”

Alex Ovechkin lit the lamp for the Capitals late in regulation and
became the first player to 20 goals this season. Holtby stopped 27-of-28 shots
in Washington’s third straight loss.

“I think we played a good defensive game tonight,” said Ovechkin. “But we just
couldn’t get any rebounds, and when we did we didn’t take advantage. Still, it
was a good game and we got a point on the road.”

Toronto opened up the scoring on the advantage, after Fehr went off for
interference. Clarkson set a screen and tipped a shot from Gardiner that
trickled through the pads of Holtby just after the midway point of the

The Caps equalized with 4:10 to play. Mike Green took the puck and flipped a
pass from the neutral zone into Toronto’s zone. Ovechkin tracked it down and
ripped a knuckling shot from the left circle to tie the game.

The game went to a shootout after neither team could light the lamp in

After Clarkson missed on his shootout attempt, Fehr slipped a shot through the
five-hole of Reimer. James van Riemsdyk answered for Toronto scoring in
similar fashion on Holtby before both Ovechkin and Mason Raymond came up

Game Notes

Toronto improved to 3-1 in shootouts this season … This was the first of
three games between the two teams this season … The Maple Leafs have won
three of their last four games against the Capitals … Washington’s 50 shots
on net is the most allowed by Toronto this season … After being bought out
by the Leafs in the offseason, Mikhail Grabovski faced his former team for the
first time. With seven seconds remaining in the second, he fell and Clarkson’s
skate inadvertently clipped him in the face. Grabovski skated straight to the
dressing room, but returned to the bench early in the following period.