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Video: Steve Bernier’s game-changing hit

Jun 11, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

As one of the New Jersey Devils’ surprising depth assets, it seemed like Steve Bernier wouldn’t be a “journeyman” player much longer. Now he’s likely to go down as one of the biggest goats in franchise history – fair or not.

Bernier delivered a hit from behind on Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi, which earned the big Devils forward a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct:

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As you may know, the Kings made Bernier and the Devils pay dearly for that hit. Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis found the net to give Los Angeles a 3-0 lead that many believe will be insurmountable.

Plenty of Devils fans and other observers assert that referees missed another call or two on the Kings around the time of that hit. (Peter DeBoer was upset about a Jarret Stoll hit on Stephen Gionta, for example.) Do you think that officials “blew it” tonight or was it just a stern – but fair – punishment for Bernier and the Devils?

Either way, it seems like Bernier’s chances of returning to the Devils probably rivals Scott Norwood’s chances of being the Buffalo Bills’ kicker after “wide right.”

  1. binkin21 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    GOAT

  2. jmjessemac - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Scott Norwood was a Bill the year after “wide right,” idiot!

  3. atb4 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    I think the refs blew it to an extent, but it was a bad hit.
    Absolutely nothing (calls included) has gone the Devils way tonight.

    Neutral fan here. It’s been an odd playoff for sure, looking to come to an end tonight.
    I will miss hockey dearly until October.

    • stakex - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      Its not that things aren’t going the Devils way, its that they are choking big time. Its not bad luck that Steve Bernier drove Rob Scuderi head into the glass, and the five minute call was warrented (and I think automatic when a boarding penelty results in injury). It was an awful play, and the Devils looked terrible on the penelty kill. Thats a self inflicted injury that has nothing to do with the way things bounce.

      The only thing that really went against the Devils was the linemen getting in the way right before the 4th goal. Still though, thats not the main reason why that puck found the net… it was the Devils breakdown following that fluke occurence that resulted in the goal.

      • devil4ever - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        Like Mike Milburn, you’re a moron. The non-call changed everything. The officiating won the cup for the inferior team and people like you and Milburn who defend them should be assammed. Grow a set!

      • bigred95 - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:05 PM

        you are an idiot the refs ignored what should have been a boarding call by stoll on gionta, which led to the first 3 goals. And if a ref were to stop you from playing your man who happens to be arguably one of the 3 best players on the opposing team, which would also lead to a goal you would not be making the same argument

  4. kingfooj - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Kings sure eRUPPted after that

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