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Discuss: Bernier solid in goal for Leafs against Flyers

Oct 2, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs had a difficult opening to their regular season schedule, but that hasn’t seemed to faze them.

The Leafs won their second consecutive game in a back-to-back set on the road, thanks to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

Let’s discuss.

  1. curioustraveler13 - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    So the flyers were playing at home against a team that played the night before. Philly received 7 powerplays and penalty shot, and they still lost 3-1. For having such a good young bunch of forwards you would think they could get a 5v5 goal. I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy this regular season for this team.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      I love how you added the “regular season” designation at the end. Look, as a Bruins fan, to be quite honest, I always think its ridiculous when Toronto is left out of playoff talks as one of the teams to fear. Watching tonight and last night absolutely added to that. I think they’re playing at a higher level than even Detroit, which seems to always held to be above the Leaf’s when it comes to top teams in the East. You guys should not only have a great regular season, but I think you’ll surprise plenty in the playoffs as well. We’ll be there waiting… and honestly, that scares me.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        *which seems to always be held above the Leaf’s….

        Sorry.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        Well I’m not really a maple leaf fan. I’m a fan of watching the flyers fail, but I agree with your statement that the leafs are a playoff caliber team. They have some potential if they can get disciplined.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      You know, after I posted my reply I re-read your post and realized you had just as much of a chance of being an anti-Flyers fan, as a Leafs fan.

      I wouldn’t totally count Philly out. I think they’ll have some major ups and downs, but I wouldn’t totally count on a failure of a season.

      If Bernier and Reimer keep themselves together, than the Leaf’s will become a solid threat in the East, and not just a punch line for coming up short. I have honest respect for that team, and always have. They’ll always be a little rough around the edges, and there may be some personality issues, but on the ice, they can get the job done this season.

      • withseidelinn - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:13 AM

        I like your comment about the Leafs being rough around the edges. I think this is absolutely true. They get outshot, their possession numbers are bad, their D is still shaky at times, but they’ve learned to keep the other teams at bay when in their own end and cut off the majority of good chances. They’re good enough offensively to respond to a lot of situations, and if they keep improving their team defense I agree that they can be a threat. If Reimer and Bernier both put up strong seasons and their big guns (Kessel, Lupul, Kadri, JVR) can stay healthy, I think this team could make a good run.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        Thank you withseidlinn, and great points. One of the intangible factors that they have to work on is in the maturity department. On and off ice. Maturity not only in the way they act, but in their game as well. Its something I’ve always noticed watching them over the years. Age absolutely has a lot to do with it, but like I said, its an intangible problem. Aside from dives, or the stupid slashing, penalties and such, its not something you can flat out give solid examples of. Its the way they play over the course of a game, and ability to keep level headed and consistent. Consistency is absolutely the best word to use when thinking about the Leaf’s biggest area of improvement. The skill is there. Now it just needs to mature, and keep consistent. The goalies are a perfect sentiment to that, and the biggest unknown this season. So far so good, and the rest of the league will be forced to respect them night in, night out.

  2. jimw81 - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    flyers played the same way they did last year. started out strong and quit in the end. alot more questions came out of tonight’s opener than answers. no 5v5 play, no power play and no defense. flyers fans its going to be a very long season. better off investing in center ice to watch hockey.

  3. eagles512 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    I’m a flyers fan who isn’t upset about tonight. Thought they played well just couldn’t put it in the net. I agree that could end up being an issue but I’m not going to panic after 1 game. Thought Mason looked good too.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      I totally agree. I thought they came out strong in the first half. So many chances they came on almost scoring. The second half they were stale but weren’t horrible. Lecavelier looked great out there and streit did too. Mason played real well and got hung out to dry on all them goals. I think hes gonna be better then Emery. they gotta work on a few things but they gave us alot To be excited about.

      • withseidelinn - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Doesn’t matter how close you are. They failed to score and that’s why they lost.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Flyers played pretty well, that kid bernier just took the wind out of their sail. While a win would have been nice, saw more positives than negatives. That and giroux needs to shoot more. And seidlinn, that’s what everyone here has echoed, either you need reading comprehension skills or need help at trolling effectively…either way, you fail

      • withseidelinn - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Lol don’t be so grumpy on the internet buddy

  4. blomfeld - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    “Bernier got the start in goal for the Leafs and was solid all throughout the night” …

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    *** Top NHL Goalies as per the Sports Desk @ Leipziger Volkszeitung ***

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier ***
    3) Cory Schneider
    4) Henrik Lundqvist
    5) Tuukka Rask

    28) Roberto Luongo
    29) Alexander Ovechkin
    30) Daniel Sedin

  5. kingsfan93 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Bernier and the Maple Leafs looked real good an all after beating the Flyers.

    Despite though who takes over as the #1 goalie for Maple Leafs because they are both great goalies. But I wouldn’t be surprised If Bernier was the.go to guy down the line.

    Also lets not get all hyped over how Toronto Maple Leafs played against the Flyers because it is only the first game of season with a long season to go.

  6. gurfunklebunker - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    I wasn’t able to watch the game because I was at work, but after watching the recap, Bernier seemed pretty impressive! I wonder if he’ll start in the home opener on Saturday.

    • dueman - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Reimer will get the home opener. He’s the incumbent, plus he has a fantastic record against the Sens. Unless one of the two gets a shut out, I’m thinking that they will go back and forth for a while, as long as both keep playing the way that they are.

  7. aldog83 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Good Job Bernier.

    Thanks for your work with the Kings.

    But you better bring your lunch when the Leafs play LA……..

    Im sure Quick will have that one circled on the schedule to beat Bernier.

    Probably a 1-0 OT win for the KINGS that night.

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