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Game 6 goat Bernier appreciates team’s support: “Everybody in this room has been so nice”

Jun 13, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

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The most indelible moment from New Jersey’s Stanley Cup run might not be a goal, a save or even a win.

It might be a show of support.

The Devils met with the media on Wednesday and, to a man, defended forward Steve Bernier for his costly five-minute boarding major that led to three L.A. goals.

Lou Lamoriello: “I’m just so proud of the way [Bernier] handled it after the game and what he said.”

Ilya Kovalchuk: “That fourth line that included Bernie was great and a reason why we were in the Cup Final.”

Peter DeBoer: “Steve was trying to do what we asked him to do and what he was very effective at doing the entire playoffs. I have no negative feelings toward that play.”

This wasn’t the first time the Devs backed Bernier — he said his mates approached him after Game 6 and said the loss wasn’t his fault — but this public re-iteration of support clearly meant a lot to him.

“Everybody in this room has been so nice,” Bernier said. “I didn’t try to do a non-hockey hit or something you don’t usually do on the ice. I played the same way for the season, hitting every chance I got.

“It’s hard to take, but the last thing I need to do is stop hitting next year. I’ve got to play the same way if I want to make the team.”

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  1. drewsylvania - Jun 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Managers and employees in any profession could stand to follow this example. Good managers know not to throw good employees under the bus over an occasional mistake.

  2. kcredneck - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    loyalty is one thing, give me a KING size break!!

  3. stakex - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    The Devils can talk as nice as they want about Bernier… but I’d bet anything they don’t re-sign him next season.

  4. vindicatus - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    They are right to support him, and they can because there was nothing about that hit that was deserving of a 5 minute major penalty and a game misconduct.

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