December 19 2015 08:35PM
Bernier...saved the first shot.— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) December 20, 2015
Bernier saved the first shot... and the second shot... and the next 24 after that, too.
A 5-0 win against the Kings for Jonathan Bernier's first victory of the season- just like everyone predicted.
Bernier (finally!) got the monkey off his back, earning his shutout of the year in impressive fashion.
December 19 2015 04:15PM
The World Juniors are still a week away, but that didn't stop Team Canada's Leafs prospects from putting themselves on the scoreboard. In a 7-1 rout of Belarus, first round pick and TLN's preseason #1 prospect Mitch Marner picked up a goal while second-rounder Travis Dermott added a goal and two assists.
December 19 2015 12:26PM
If you thought the Leafs had trouble hosting the last California team to swing through Toronto, wait 'till you get a load of these guys. The Kings are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, with a 7-1-2 record in their past 10 games. They are, once again, looking like a serious Stanley Cup contender.
Oh, and the Leafs are tied for dead last. Yikes.
December 18 2015 09:21PM
The thing about this year's Toronto Marlies team, above all else, is that you have to accept that every single night will provide an opportunity for you to be dumbfounded by them. Of course, I mean that in the most positive way possible. But tonight? Tonight took that to a whole new level, as they gained first place in the American Hockey League in inexplicable fashion.
December 18 2015 04:26PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs had their ideal tandem in James Reimer and Garret Sparks for a brief, brief time.
The Toronto Marlies had an ideal tandem of their own during that period, with Jonathan "AHL Shutout King" Bernier and Antoine Bibeau. That left the ECHL with Ryan Massa and Rob Madore getting strong starts. Everyone was happy.
Then Reimer got re-injured, Sparks got injured as well, and the whole goaltending depth chart got turned on its head.
The solution? Veteran netminder Ray Emery, who has inked a PTO with the Marlies this Friday.