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Published on NewsOK Modified: October 26, 2013 at 10:49 pm •  Published: October 26, 2013
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TORONTO (AP) — James Reimer wanted to keep things simple in his return.

It had been a while since he started a game for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

And his return came against Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the potent Pittsburgh Penguins.

"Maybe there was some circumstances surrounding the game, but honestly I didn't really pay much attention to them or think about them much," Reimer said. "It was just the Toronto Maple Leafs playing the Pittsburgh Penguins, and I was trying to get in the way of pucks."

Reimer got in the way of a lot of pucks and Dave Bolland scored two goals and the Leafs earned a 4-1 victory over the Penguins on Saturday.

Reimer made 37 saves and Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel also scored for the Leafs.

"You don't win in this league without goaltending that gives you a chance, and Reims gives us a chance," coach Randy Carlyle said.

Reimer hadn't started since Oct. 17 when he left 32 seconds into Toronto's game against the Carolina Hurricanes after a collision with winger Josh Leivo. The long layoff didn't bother him.

"I felt normal right from the get-go," Reimer said. "I didn't feel any uneasiness or uncertainty, really. The puck dropped, and I was ready to stop it."

Reimer gave up a power-play goal to Kris Letang, the Penguins defenseman's first of the season, at 6:52 of the first but stopped the Penguins for the rest of the game.

One of Reimer's more memorable saves came on Malkin a few minutes later, and Bolland went right down the ice and tied it up for the Leafs short-handed.

Reimer was tested in the second period when the Penguins outshot the Leafs 16-4. He made a couple of stops on 2-on-1 rushes, denied Crosby of a one-timer goal at the side of the net and flashed his glove against Matt D'Agostini.

"I thought he was outstanding," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "There was flurries and pucks around his net he was strong on. ... He certainly was the difference in the second period."

Reimer gave Toronto hope at the second intermission.

"I think that's been the story of our season, for the most part," said James van Riemsdyk, who assisted on Kadri's goal and Kessel's later in the third.

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