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Bernier earns 36-save shutout to extend incredible start

Oct 10, 2013, 10:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 10: Eric Nystrom #24 of the Nashville Predators tries to get a rebound in front of goalie Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bridgestone Arena on October 10, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jonathan Bernier has been waiting for a chance to prove that he’s capable of being a starting goaltender in the NHL. He couldn’t do that behind Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles, but he’s taking full advantage of the opportunity he’s been given as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bernier turned aside 36 shots, including 17 in the second period alone to earn his seventh career shutout and lead Toronto to a 4-0 victory over the Nashville Predators.

The 25-year-old netminder has been nearly unbeatable so far. In four games, he’s posted a 0.85 GAA and .974 save percentage, making him one of the primary reasons that Toronto is off to a 4-1-0 start.

Of course, he didn’t win this one alone. Phil Kessel scored a goal and registered two assists. The Maple Leafs also widened their lead with two power-play goals in the third period courtesy of Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul.

When this season began, Bernier and James Reimer were expected to compete for the starting gig. Bernier has pulled away in that race, but the campaign is still young. Reimer will get another chance, although after what happened tonight it wouldn’t be surprising to see Bernier start again on Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.

  1. blomfeld - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    “The 25-year-old netminder has been nearly unbeatable so far” …

    Judge: Would counsel for the Truth like to add anything further ?

    Blomfeld: Not at this time your honor …

    ____________________________________________

    NHL’s Top Goaltenders as per the Sports Desk @ Der Spiegel Zeitung

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier
    3) Cory Schneider
    4) Drew Doughty
    5) Willie Mitchell
    6) Alec Martinez
    7) Matt Greene
    8) Carey Price

    28) Roberto Luongo
    29) Alexander Ovechkin
    30) Mike ‘the liar’ Smith

    ps: a little known fact is that all six of LA’s starting defensemen are also NHL caliber ‘starting’ goalies … this ‘cutting-edge’ strategy was the brainchild of none other than Comrade General Manager Dean Lombardi, who many years ago had the foresight to prepare for ‘that’ which is unexpected in the heat of battle …

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • qauzaq - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      I love your posts Blomfeld. GO KINGS GO

    • 19to77 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Oh, shut up. No-one in LA even remembers what sport the Kings play.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      The only reason I’ll allow Jonathan Quick as the #1 over Bernier is because he made the biggest save of his career AFTER winning the cup.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM

        Doh!!!

        I guess we can’t start videos at a specific time on here. Supposed to start at 5:30 into it.

      • blomfeld - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        Lupty Nazi Rocks !!! :)

        great video friend ! … the unabashed ‘decency’ of this video literally ‘oozes’ forth for all of those not aware eh ? :)

  2. kingsfan93 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    I live in LA and the (LA) Kings play for the NHL. As for the Kings in (Sac) play in NBA.

    That it seems you are mad, 19to77, because it is about the LA Kings and not you.

  3. swenny19 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    That second comment guy is the only person on earth to actually like blomfeld’s annoying ass idiotic posts on pht

    • hockey412 - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      That’s because the second comment guy is also blomfeld under a different name.

  4. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    This trade is lookin more and more better as the games go on. He’s looked lights out so far this year. Really wish flyers coulda got him but Mason is helpin ease the pain so far. I think it’s safe to say Toronto is no longer a question mark in net. They got two viable starters now

  5. Sport Follower - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    Maple Leafs cannot have a better reaction after 1st defeat. Shutout and another great performance by Bernier.

  6. aldog83 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Philly should have PAID UP!

    And got Bernier! At 25 he could have grown with a young
    Flyers team

    instead Emery will be gone in one year
    abd Bernier will top goalie for years to come.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      While I agree that Bernier would’ve looked great in orange and black, along with a young core, you can’t discount the way 25-yr old Steve Mason has played since his arrival in Philly. He’s got a .941 sv% in his 10 games in Philadelphia and if he had some goal support he’d be far better than his 1-2 record this year. The Mason-Emery combo looks to be the best since Hextall-Snow carried us the 97 finals.

      Also, Anthony Stolarz, the 2nd rounder they got for Bob, is 6-0 with London with a .937sv% and looked stellar in his one preseason NHL game this year. For once the future looks bright in net here in Philly.

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