San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer was eager to share a story with the local media following his team’s 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars Saturday night.
Reimer was minding his own business during an official review of the Erik Karlsson goal near the end of the second period. Suddenly, four San Jose Sharks fans were knocking emphatically on the glass, trying to grab his attention.
“When they were reviewing the goal, I heard four fans banging on the glass,” Reimer said after his postgame press conference. “Usually I don’t pay attention because they’re just trying to get in my head usually. They kept banging on the ice. They were adamant, pointing at the ice.”
Reimer looked down from his spot in the blue paint and noticed a piece missing from his goaltending equipment.
“One of my straps had come off,” Reimer said. “It was flopping on the ground and broken.
“Part of the win tonight goes to those four fans.”
Reimer picked up his ninth win of the season, stopping 34 of the Stars’ 35 shot attempts. It was Reimer’s first start since Nov. 30 when he secured a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
His 34 saves ties the most he’s earned in a San Jose Sharks win this season, matching a 2-1 overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 30. Reimer now owns a .937 SV %, which is tied for the NHL lead with Igor Shesterkin.
But one extra save goes to the fans — 14,145 of them — tonight at SAP Center as he received some additional support during the game.
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