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Video: Bernier back stops Leafs to victory

Dec 5, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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The Dallas Stars lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, but it certainly wasn’t because of a lack of shots.

The Stars recorded 50 shots on Maple Leafs’ goalie Jonathan Bernier, but still came away with a 3-2 overtime loss when Toronto center Trevor Smith scored on a deflection with 42 seconds remaining in the extra frame.

Nazem Kadri scored twice for Toronto, so that was a nice contribution. But this was all about Jonathan Bernier. He was solid, outstanding, making 48 saves.

To give you an indication of how integral he was to the victory, the Leafs were outshot 50-24. On home ice, it should also be mentioned. The win, falling largely on the shoulders of Bernier, snaps a five-game losing streak.

“By no means, [do] we think we’re out of the woods, but it feels good to win a hockey game,” said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle afterward, as per Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050.

  1. sampulls - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Leafs finally win a game. Queue their delusional fans saying they are Stanley cup bound now…..

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      That’s “cue” their fans (people get in a queue to get overpriced beer at the arena). I’ll take the cue to say the 2 pts. are nice but being outshot like this so frequently still does not strike me as a strategy likely to earn a trip to the Finals, assuming it gets them into the playoffs at all.

  2. blomfeld - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM


    blomfeld – Dec 2, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    ‘Hold Fast’ Bernier !

    An argument could be made that we LA Kings gave Toronto the most ‘generous’ gift ever offered since Native Americans sold the Island of Manhattan to the Dutch for a paltry 60 Guilders back in 1626 … such is Bernier’s value to the Leafs and such is his importance for their future hopes. The bottom line friends is that without Bernier, the Leafs right now would be sitting in 12th place or worse in the EC. Therefore it would behoove these 1.2 billion dollar idiots to finally ‘get with the program’ and give Bernier some support up front. What they’re doing right now is no different than some fool using a fur coat to mop up an oil spill .. truly pathetic, yet very much consistent with the behavior of the clown they elected for mayor !

    *** NHL’s Top Goalies as per the Dortmund Messenger ***

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Ben Scrivens
    3) Jonathan Bernier
    4) Cory Schneider
    5) Carey Price

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:55 AM

      If 3rd place Bernier was the “most generous gift ever” what does that make 2nd place Scrivens, which the Leafs gave the Kings? By your ranking system Toronto downgraded.

      • blomfeld - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        “What does that make 2nd place Scrivens, which the Leafs gave the Kings?”

        Lupty Nazi … friend, well that’s kind of like the deal where Napoleon thought it might be an idea to sell Louisiana for a lousy 11 million dollars, with you guys being Napoleon and us Kings the Americans ! :)

  3. LampyB - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Again i’ll say that Capt Phaneuf sucks a fat one and cant seem to lead his team to stop letting bernier and reimer get shelled every night. 50 shots!! What the hell was phaneuf doing for the 24:24 he was on ice last night???

    • withseidelinn - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      He was assisting on the winning goal and going +2, if you were watching.

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