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Update: Bernier wins after Reimer gets pulled

Oct 5, 2013, 10:07 PM EST

Update: This round definitely goes to Jonathan Bernier. He stopped all 15 shots he faced between regulation and overtime along with both Ottawa Senators shootout attempts as the Toronto Maple Leafs came back from down 4-2 to win 5-4 (SO).

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James Reimer started in the Leafs net on Saturday, but Bernier might finish with the advantage.

Head coach Randy Carlyle decided to give Reimer the hook midway through the second period after the Ottawa Senators beat him four times on 21 shots.

Specifically, allowing two goals in 15 seconds is what did Reimer in.

First, Jared Cowen capitalized on some great play by Kyle Turris to make it 3-2:

Moments later, Jason Spezza‘s tally was the last straw for Carlyle:

Big-picture, it’s likely that this will be a seesaw battle for a good chunk of – if not all of – the 2013-14 season.

  1. sunderlanding - Oct 5, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    It’s too early in the year to call it one way or another, but Bernier has looked good thus far. He is very technically sound, handles the puck well, and is great at controlling rebounds (something Reimer isn’t very good at). It’ll be interesting to see how the year plays out.

  2. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Agree it’s still way too early to make a judgement call, but Bernier has been solid in both his games played so far. I don’t think tonight was on Reimer, the team was making some mistakes and give credit where it’s due, Ottawa has some really skilled players. They can score goals. Reimer made some pretty good saves tonight too. Bernier did the job though.

    The goalie rotation should continue. Bernier should get the start on tuesday against Colorado. Makes sense to as Bernier’s been in the west for a few years, he’d be more familiar with the Avs.

  3. blomfeld - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    NHL’s # 2 … what else would you expect ?

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier
    3) Cory Schneider
    4) Drew Doughty
    5) Henrik Lundqvist

    28) Roberto Luongo
    29) Alexander Crosby
    30) Ilya ‘Valdivostock’ Bryzgalov

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 6, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      1) Bernier
      2) Quick

      We all saw that game against Winnipeg.

  4. imleftcoast - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Great to get points when they’re playing that bad of defense. Leafs are going to fall ass-backwards into the playoffs. Cody Franzen kind of being held out as the goat at -3, but he’s paired with a rookie.

    You can’t write a goalie list on the highlights of an Ottawa game and forget to mention Craig Anderson whose competing to play net for the US at the Olympics. Are you oblivious of his save %? Get it together.

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