The Toronto Maple leafs didn't exactly start strong versus the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night, surrendering 11 shots on goal before they tested Roberto Luongo even once.
Fortunately, while the skaters in front of him didn't have the start they wanted, James Reimer did. He was electric in the early stretches, making a flurry of incredible saves, the most impressive of which was undoubtedly the toe save that robbed Alex Burrows of a sure goal. This is an incredible stop right here:
After stopping Chris Higgins, Reimer somehow gets across to rob Burrows, getting his toe on a shot that's going dead-center into the open net.
I love Burrows looking back as he slides into the boards, like "How the heck did that stay out?"
The reverse angle of that save on Burrows is remarkable. Not only can you see how close that was to crossing the line -- the officials even reviewed it to make sure it didn't -- but you can see Reimer's full extension. His leg is literally the only part of his body that's in the crease on that stop.
The Canucks lead 3-0 at the time of this writing, but that's only because Reimer has kept it close with incredible displays like this one.
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