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Bernier’s silence shows Leafs’ frustration

Jan 8, 2014, 3:14 PM EST

Jonathan Bernier had a tough night last night. The 25-year-old Leafs’ goalie, who’s been mostly outstanding this season, allowed four goals on 24 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Islanders.

Those four goals included this gaffe in the second period:

After the game, Bernier faced the media horde while sitting in his dressing-room stall. The first part of the scrum was relatively non-eventful, but as the video shows, he didn’t appreciate a question near the end about head coach Randy Carlyle allowing him to stay in the game.

“What do you mean?” Bernier asked the reporter. “Why would I get pulled?”

When the reporter re-phrased his question, Bernier looked away and went silent.

It wasn’t a huge deal. Just a tad uncomfortable. But it revealed the frustration that a lot of Toronto players are feeling as the Leafs continue to get outplayed on a regular basis.

Since starting the season 10-4-0, Toronto has just four regulation wins in its last 30 games.

Amazingly, the Leafs still hold down a playoff position in the Eastern Conference. A 7-4 record in the shootout has helped them to an overall record of 21-18-5. But only six teams in the entire league have fewer regulation/OT wins than Toronto’s 14.

The Leafs are in Raleigh tomorrow to play the streaking Hurricanes, who’ve moved to within two points of Toronto in the standings. An outright Carolina win and the Leafs will be on the outside looking in for the first time this season.

  1. sunderlanding - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Actually I wouldn’t say the Leaf’s got outplayed last night. Bernier lost that game for them.

  2. muckleflugga - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    bernier’s silence suggest surgeons are still busy trying to remove all the rubber he’s been eating lately

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Jason, FWIW, in the first paragraph, it should be who’s, short for “who has”, not whose, as in whose shot got past Bernier or whose typo slipped past spell-check.

    • Jason Brough - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      You are absolutely right. I should’ve been pulled from this post after the second sentence.

      • thomasvanek - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        lol good one

  4. kingsfan93 - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Maple Leads need to stop relying on their goaltending so much and play better as a team in front of him. There has been way too many games the Maple Leafs get outshot and so forth.

    Randy Carlyle BETTER start making adjustments to his team. Hold the players more accountable.

  5. LampyB - Jan 8, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Carlyles only strategy is to yell at players when they dont perform, as we clearly saw during the HBO special.

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