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THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts considers James Reimer the reason the Toronto Maple Leafs will play Game Six against the Boston Bruins on Sunday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reimer’s been good in this series, but in my opinion, Game Five was the first time he outplayed Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and stole a game for the Leafs. A terrific performance under pressure by a young goalie trying to prove himself as a starter.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: There’s a chance center Jason Spezza, sidelined since February 1 recovering from back surgery, could return to the Senat0rs lineup at some point in their second round series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spezza would be a welcome boost to their offense, but it could take him some time to get fully back to game shape.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Dave Stubbs reported on the condition of the five Canadiens sidelined or hampered by injury in their first round series against Ottawa. Lars Eller missed the rest of the series after suffering head and facial injuries from a blindside hit in Game One. Brian Gionta was sidelined by a torn biceps tendon. Max Pacioretty played with a separated shoulder. Brandon Prust and Ryan White suffered upper body injuries, and Carey Price’s series ended with a knee injury suffered late in Game Four. The club was also without defenseman Alexei Emelin, who suffered a knee injury late in the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was subsequently reported Prust played with torn rib cartilage, while White played through a punctured lung.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets prospect Mark Scheifele continues to shine in the OHL Final.