LFR9 - Game 35 - Winning is bad - Tor 3, Pit 2 (SO)

Steve Dangle
December 30 2015 10:31PM

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Now that is a great way to end 2015!!!... wait a second...

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Leafs Postgame: More like Bern-Yay

Jeff Veillette
December 30 2015 09:35PM

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Tonight wasn't supposed to be Jonathan Bernier's last opportunity to prove himself in 2015. That was last night against the Islanders, when he gave up six goals. The stats, historically, have shown him to be even worse than what we've already considered rock bottom when he's playing on no rest, and James Reimer was declared the starter as soon as a mic was pointed in Mike Babcock's direction.

But Reimer wasn't ready, and Bernier got a redemption opportunity. Boy, did he ever take it.

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Kasperi Kapanen scores in Finland's win over Slovakia, Timashov pointless

Jeff Veillette
December 30 2015 05:24PM

After staying off the scoresheet in his first few games, Leafs prospect Kasperi Kapanen has finally picked up his first point of the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championships, scoring a goal late in Finland's 8-3 victory over Slovakia.

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Reimer not fit to play, Bibeau called up, Bernier to start

Jeff Veillette
December 30 2015 03:20PM

It looks like Jonathan Bernier will get one more chance redeem himself before the end of 2015, despite certain people insisting otherwise literally seconds earlier. James Reimer, as it turns out, is not ready to play tonight, leaving Bernier to start and Antoine Bibeau, who has been recalled on an emergency basis, to back him up.

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2015: The year that Jonathan Bernier lost Toronto and lost himself

Jeff Veillette
December 30 2015 02:42PM

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It's ten minutes into the second period at the Xcel Energy Centre in Minnesota. The Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to win just their third game in their last eight showings, and at this point, things could go either way as the game has yet to see its first goal.

Suddenly, Phil Kessel goes to support Roman Polak in a board battle, and while he thinks he's come out with the puck, he's actually done more harm than good. Nino Niederreiter strips it off of Kessel and chips it in, allowing Charlie Coyle to pick the puck up. Coyle throws it to the front of the net, Jared Spurgeon is there to redirect it in with his skate the puck goes past Jonathan Bernier to put Minnesota in the lead.

That was Bernier's first goal against in 2015. Unsurprisingly, it wasn't the last. More surprisingly, though, it was the beginning of a wild ride and fall from grace throughout the calendar year.

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