Reimer Survives Epic Shootout as Maple Leafs Beat Sabres

The Canadian Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- None too happy about Paul Ranger trying to kick the puck past him in the shootout, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth slashed the Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman as he skated by.

"My first reaction was that he tried to embarrass me there a little bit, but when I look at it now, it's good (the) guy's trying to be creative, I guess," he said.

Enroth had plenty of time to think because the shootout went an incredible 15 rounds, including 29 combined shooters who didn't score a goal. When it was over the Leafs had a 3-2 victory Saturday night thanks to Jay McClement's winner, but the Sabres got their kicks out of the pre-season marathon.

"At one point I think both refs were just going to call it a draw and kind of pick up the puck and go home and be old-school NHL there for a second and call it a tie," Sabres forward Steve Ott said. "But both performances by both goalies in the shootout was pretty spectacular to watch. I've never seen that before."

Leafs goaltender James Reimer stopped all 15 shots he saw after making 38 saves in regulation and overtime. Reimer went 0 for 5 in shootouts last season with a .625 save percentage, and wasn't making much of this.

"It's good to get out there and for me to stop some pucks and for guys to get some reps, but it's exhibition and it's a little looser," Reimer said. "I think it's a little different when it's during a game and two points are on the line."

Ranger probably wouldn't have tried this in a real game. He learned his "kick shot" from a friend at the age of 10 or 11 and perfected it enough that it beat goalies in practice plenty.

"It's gotten to the point where I can rip it pretty good, I feel like," he said. "The cool part of it is I have no idea where it's going, and the goalie doesn't either because I sure don't."

Asked about Enroth's slash and the idea that it was not the right thing to do, Ranger said: "Not the right thing to do? I'm trying to score. Quite honestly it's fun and, to be honest, I'm not trying to show boat, and if he thought that, then it is what it is. Whatever."

Ott gave Ranger credit for the kick being a "pretty heavy shot." But it was a deke by McClement that finally ended things.

"A lot of light-heartenedness taking place on the bench," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "A lot of guys betting on Jay, so we waited right till the end."

Before the shootout, the game had the chippiness normally reserved for the regular season. It featured three fights, including Troy Bodie taking on Patrick Kaleta after the Sabres agitator went after captain Dion Phaneuf.

From the Leafs' perspective, Ott started the trouble before that dust-up.

"I think Ott intentionally shot the puck at Dion," Carlyle said. "That's what it appeared from where we were. Those are the kind of things that in exhibition are kind of questionable at this point."

The Leafs and Sabres played on the edge all night. Carlyle said it the 15-round was something he had never seen before, but even for those with similar experiences this was something unique.

"We had one in Rochester, I think we went through everybody except for maybe Joe Finley. I think we had a call-up score," Rolston said. "(This one) was bizarre, especially with no goals."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
10:20BUF Mark Pysyk (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Drew Stafford (1) 1 - 0 BUF
12:26BUF Marcus Foligno (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Tyler Ennis (1), Mark Pysyk (1) 2 - 0 BUF
3rd Period
09:53TOR Jamie Devane (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Josh Leivo (1), Mark Fraser (1) 2 - 1 BUF
15:23TOR Jay McClement (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Carter Ashton (1), Nikolay Kulemin (1) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1BUFTyler Ennis - Save
2TORMason Raymond - Save
3BUFMikhail Grigorenko - Save
4TORTyler Bozak - Save
5BUFDrew Stafford - Save
6TORNikolay Kulemin - Save
7BUFVille Leino - Save
8TORPhil Kessel - Save
9BUFMarcus Foligno - Missed
10TORJosh Leivo - Save
11BUFBrian Flynn - Save
12TORJake Gardiner - Save
13BUFSteve Ott - Save
14TORTrevor Smith - Save
15BUFJamie McBain - Save
16TORJoe Colborne - Save
17BUFMark Pysyk - Save
18TORStuart Percy - Save
19BUFKevin Porter - Save
20TORPaul Ranger - Save
21BUFPatrick Kaleta - Save
22TORDion Phaneuf - Save
23BUFChristian Ehrhoff - Missed
24TORDavid Broll - Missed
25BUFRasmus Ristolainen - Missed
26TORCarter Ashton - Save
27BUFCody McCormick - Save
28TORCarl Gunnarsson - Missed
29BUFAlexander Sulzer - Save
30TORJay McClement - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDBuffalo SabresToronto Maple Leafs
1Tyler EnnisMason Raymond
2Mikhail GrigorenkoTyler Bozak
3Drew StaffordNikolay Kulemin
4Ville LeinoPhil Kessel
5Marcus FolignoJosh Leivo
6Brian FlynnJake Gardiner
7Steve OttTrevor Smith
8Jamie McBainJoe Colborne
9Mark PysykStuart Percy
10Kevin PorterPaul Ranger
11Patrick KaletaDion Phaneuf
12Christian EhrhoffDavid Broll
13Rasmus RistolainenCarter Ashton
14Cody McCormickCarl Gunnarsson
15Alexander SulzerJay McClement
Three Stars of the Game
Mark Pysyk
Mark Pysyk
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:59
James Reimer
James Reimer
SA: 40TOI: 64:19
GA: 2
PIM: 0
SV%: .950
Jhonas Enroth
Jhonas Enroth
SA: 34TOI: 64:32
GA: 2
PIM: 0
SV%: .941
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:25BUF Steve Ott  Tripping  - 2 min against  Paul Ranger
06:17TOR Jamie Devane  Roughing  - 2 min against  Patrick Kaleta
13:06BUF Cody McCormick  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  David Broll
13:06TOR David Broll  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Cody McCormick
13:06BUF Cody McCormick  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  David Broll
13:06TOR David Broll  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  Cody McCormick
15:41BUF Steve Ott  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Carter Ashton
15:41TOR Carter Ashton  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Steve Ott
2nd Period
01:49TOR Joe Colborne  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Zemgus Girgensons
07:04BUF Mike Weber  Holding  - 2 min against  Phil Kessel
13:12TOR Troy Bodie  Boarding  - 2 min against  Alexander Sulzer
16:51TOR Jamie Devane  Illegal Check To Head  - 2 min against  Patrick Kaleta
19:48TOR Jake Gardiner  Tripping  - 2 min against  Brian Flynn
3rd Period
02:21BUF Brian Flynn  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jake Gardiner
17:54BUF Patrick Kaleta  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Troy Bodie
17:54TOR Troy Bodie  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Patrick Kaleta
OT Period
00:25BUF Mike Weber  Roughing  - 2 min against  Dion Phaneuf
00:25TOR Dion Phaneuf  Roughing  - 2 min against  Mike Weber
01:38BUF Zemgus Girgensons  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/40/5
Faceoff Wins4425
Blocked Shots1216
Penalty Minutes2927
2M. FraserD0110018:17
3D. PhaneufD0012223:46
11J. McClementC1011015:05
12M. RaymondL00-14021:32
15P. RangerD0007022:00
22J. ColborneC00-12215:48
23T. SmithC001009:58
32J. LeivoL0111012:10
36C. GunnarssonD0001019:02
37C. AshtonR0100513:01
40T. BodieR00-12712:22
41N. KuleminL0110014:37
42T. BozakC00-14023:20
46D. BrollL0003711:56
50S. PercyD00-11021:47
51J. GardinerD00-10221:33
59J. DevaneL101147:48
81P. KesselR00-15022:47
34J. Reimer3840.95064:19
35D. MacIntyre00.0000:00
3M. PysykD1113021:59
4J. McBainD00-10027:02
6M. WeberD0002417:51
8C. McCormickC000178:26
9S. OttC00-12718:52
10C. EhrhoffD0001024:17
12K. PorterC0004016:04
21D. StaffordR0116020:43
23V. LeinoL00-13018:49
25M. GrigorenkoC00-12017:47
28Z. GirgensonsC0006016:23
36P. KaletaR000059:57
37M. EllisL000107:35
52A. SulzerD0000017:31
55R. RistolainenD0002021:04
63T. EnnisC0112016:06
65B. FlynnC0003213:31
82M. FolignoL1012015:37
1J. Enroth3234.94164:32
31M. Hackett00.0000:00