James Reimer shuts out Senators as Panthers win 3rd straight – FOXSports.com
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — December has been a grueling endurance test for James Reimer. That reached its ultimate level on the second of back-to-back games Saturday night.
Reimer made 38 saves for his first shutout this season, Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the second period and the Florida Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators 1-0 for their third straight win.
Reimer got his first shutout since April 9 at Washington. He was playing in his ninth straight game and second in two nights after beating Minnesota 4-2 on Friday.
Reimer has been pressed into action since Dec. 4 when starter Roberto Luongo injured his lower body. He had to be at his best in the third period when Ottawa outshot Florida 18-8.
“You just have to have that killer instinct and stick with it,” Reimer said. “It’s just a matter of settling in and keeping it super simple.”
Florida coach Bob Boughner was impressed with the team’s tenacity in the offensive zone over the first 40 minutes, but then watched Reimer rise to the challenge in the third.
“We were out of gas (in the third) but we stuck with it, and that’s when (Reimer) came up huge for us. We found a way,” Boughner said. “There were a lot of great things with good motion in the offensive zone for 40 minutes (but) then our goalie had to take over.”
Ottawa backup Mike Condon stopped 37 shots, but couldn’t turn away Huberdeau when he went top shelf 1:36 into the second. Ottawa has dropped three straight.
Senators coach Guy Boucher was pleased with his team’s effort, especially in the third period when the Senators took charge offensively.
“We were going hard and crashing the net (in the third). We got so many chances and rebounds and opportunities,” Boucher said. “Their goalie