TORONTO (AP) -- Rookie goaltender James Reimer stopped 27 shots for his first NHL shutout and the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Thursday night.
It was just the ninth career NHL appearance for the 22-year-old, who appears to have elbowed Jonas Gustavsson out of a job for the time being.
Clarke MacArthur, Darryl Boyce and Kris Versteeg scored for Toronto (21-25-5), which shut out a team for the first time this season.
Coach Ron Wilson said before the game it was an easy decision to start Reimer because he's been solid every time he's played.
Reimer denied Chad LaRose on a breakaway in the second period and made 12 saves in the final 20 minutes as a desperate Carolina team tried to climb back into the game.
Carolina fell to 25-21-6 -- remaining one point behind eighth-place Atlanta in the Eastern Conference standings.