Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan Bernier’

Top Line: Canucks face big choice; David Letterman’s hockey top-10; more links

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Coach John Tortorella of the Vancouver Canucks

Coach John Tortorella may have the edge if the Canucks must choose between him and their GM. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

Canucks GM Mike Gillis made one thing clear about his team’s future in a shockingly frank interview on Vancouver radio yesterday: ownership needs to choose between retaining him or coach John Tortorella. Given that Torts was hired by owner Francesco Aquilini, Gillis is probably expecting that his neck will be the one in the noose.

• Whoever is left to call the shots might need to cut loose one of Gillis’ mistakes.

• “It’s been long time no play; I forget I’m hockey player.” Welcome back, Pavel Datsyuk!

• A Top-10 list of David Letterman’s greatest hockey moments in honor of his announcement on Thursday that he’ll retire from his long-running TV talk show in 2015.

• With five losses in their past six games, the fading Philadelphia Flyers are in danger of losing their grip on a playoff spot.

• The Columbus Blue Jackets recorded a franchise first in extending Philly’s misery.

• The St. Louis Blues set a record of their own on Thursday night. Naturally, coach Ken Hitchcock wasted no time popping the balloon.

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  • Published On Apr 04, 2014
  • Maple Leafs’ Jonathan Bernier leaves game with apparent leg injury

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    By Darian Somers

    Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier left Thursday’s game with an apparent leg injury after defenseman Paul Ranger pushed Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron onto the netminder about midway through the third period.

    Bernier was slow to get up, and once he did, he hobbled off slowly with help from a teammate and a trainer.

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  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • Blues’ David Backes nets hat trick in offensive showcase against Maple Leafs

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    David Backes led the Blues' barrage of goals against Toronto, scoring three of the five. (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

    David Backes led the Blues’ barrage of goals against Toronto, scoring three of their five. (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    The Maple Leafs were under siege on Tuesday night in Toronto as the visiting Blues pumped 49 shots at netminder Jonathan Bernier en route to a 5-3 win.

    The Blues came out and unloaded 23 in the first period, two fewer shots than the Leafs’ total for in the entire game, as T.J. Oshie and David Backes scored. In the second period, the St. Louis outshot the Leafs, 13-7.

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2014
  • Top Line: Rick Nash a smash in C’bus; NHL issues apology; more links

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    Rick Nash found himself at the bottom of this pile in a game that was as physical as it was emotional. (Mike Munden/AP)

    Rick Nash found himself at the bottom of this pile in a game that was as physical as it was emotional. (Mike Munden/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • A chippy, emotional contest between the Rangers and Jackets last night demonstrated that the NHL has unofficially moved into playoff mode.

    • A goalmouth fracas revealed Rick Nash in all his scrapping, battling glory. If 61 can bottle up some of that emotion and unleash it down the stretch, the Blueshirts will be tough to beat.

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  • Published On Mar 22, 2014
  • Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier leaves game vs. Kings with lower-body injury

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    Jonathan Bernier has set career highs in games played (50) and wins (25) this season. (John Cordes/Icon SMI)

    Jonathan Bernier has set career highs in games played (50) and wins (25) this season. (John Cordes/Icon SMI)

    By Nick Stoico

    After stopping 8-of-10 shots in 19:38 of play on Thursday night, Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier mysteriously left the team’s game against the Los Angeles Kings with what the Maple Leafs would later describe as a ‘lower-body injury,’ adding that he would not return. Bernier was replaced in net by James Reimer.

    Bernier, acquired from Los Angeles in a trade last June, has been the number one goalie for the Maple Leafs this season — Thursday night marked his 50th game in their net, and he’s posted a .926 save percentage and 2.59 goals-against average. Should he be sidelined for an extended period of time, Reimer has proved to be a capable NHL goalie during his career, going 63-40-15 in 130 games, all with Toronto.

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  • Published On Mar 14, 2014
  • Snowy 2014 Winter Classic enchants, but game was the worst one yet

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    Wintry conditions hampered the quality of play for both the Maples Leafs and the Red Wings. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    Wintry conditions hampered the quality of play for both teams, but they battled through them. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Winter? Sure. The NHL’s game of the year was postcard pretty, with the falling snow clashing brilliantly with the bright red and blue sweaters of the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs.

    But a classic? Not quite.

    Toronto’s 3-2 shootout win over Detroit at the Big House was heavy on the spectacle that draws in the casual viewer — which, of course, is the primary focus of the event — but it was a miserable display of hockey. For most of the contest, this was two middling teams playing to prevent goals rather than score them. Even the Red Wings’ sublimely gifted Pavel Datsyuk was reduced to playing dump-and-chase rather than showcasing his skills in front of the largest crowd in NHL history and a massive TV audience.

    ROSENBERG: Biggest Classic proves NHL’s winning formula | The scene in tweets and photos | Outdoor games gallery

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  • Published On Jan 01, 2014
  • Team Canada scouting Maple Leafs, Ducks; Jonathan Bernier their target?

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    By Allan Muir

    Scouts show up in press boxes every night around the NHL, and while guessing why they’re there is a time-honored tradition, it’s hardly news.

    Unless, of course, those scouts are from Team Canada. And they show up in the Center of the Hockey Universe.

    With both Steve Yzerman and Peter Chiarelli set to be at the Air Canada Centre for tonight’s Toronto vs. Anaheim tilt, it’s fair to speculate on who they came to see.

    The Ducks boast two players who will be in the Sochi mix: forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

    Getzlaf might be in tough because of Canada’s embarrassment of riches at center, but he
    has 18 goals in 58 points in his last 52 games and brings an imposing presence to the position. Perry is a natural winger and a pure sniper, a quality Yzerman has said he’ll prioritize after Canada’s offense failed to click in Torino.

    The two obviously have great chemistry, something that might enhance their value as a two-fer given the lack of practice time before the Winter Games. Slide someone like Taylor Hall on their left flank and you’d have a quick, dangerous, physically imposing third line that would cause the opposition fits.

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  • Published On Oct 22, 2013
  • Top Line: Taylor Hall breaks Gretzky record; dirtiest hit ever; more links

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    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Edmonton Oilers dropped their fourth consecutive decision last night, but not before Taylor Hall smashed one of Wayne Gretzky’s most amazing records.

    • Another night, another dangerous hit from behind. Niklas Kronwall of the Red Wings required a stretcher after being cheap shotted by Colorado’s Cody McLeod. Have a look at the video of the incident.

    • Despite losing Kronwall in the opening minutes, the Wings managed to take down the Avs, 4-2, handing them their first defeat of the season . . . in front of the largest crowd in franchise history, no less.

    • Not that the loss was their fault. Blame it on the DaterJinx.

    • Before the game, Colorado coach Patrick Roy sat down with a familiar face to discuss their fractious past: Detroit broadcaster Chris Osgood.

    • Here’s a quick reminder of why that might have been a little tense.

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  • Published On Oct 18, 2013
  • Top Line: Buffalo Sabres “classless”; last days of hockey fights; more links

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    Jason Pominville played his first game in Buffalo as a member of the Minnesota Wild.

    Jason Pominville celebrated his return to Buffalo by scoring the game-winner. (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Jason Pominville enjoyed his return to Buffalo, but last night could have been better for the Sabres’ former captain. Mike Harrington says the Sabres showed a lack of class by not formally acknowledging his contributions to the team during his eight seasons with them.

    • Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta will face the music later today for his cheap shot on Columbus defender Jack Johnson. Chris Stevenson says it’s time to throw the book at a player who just doesn’t get it.

    • The commissioner of the USHL says he’ll review the junior league’s rules governing fighting after a player suffered a seizure following a scrap last week. Damien Cox cites that incident, among others, as he argues that we’ve entered the last days of fighting in hockey.

    • George Johnson explains the nature of medieval torture devices and says that Sean Monahan’s season rides on how he fares during Calgary’s upcoming five-game road swing. It’s hard to imagine the Flames sending him back to junior at this point, but if he looks overmatched against the California-based teams, that might be the best option for the 18-year-old.

    • The paintball and fire department training were standard team-building fare, but the Flames took a shot at something different with their latest group activity.

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  • Published On Oct 15, 2013
  • Top Line: Avalanche win again; Luongo allows bizarre goal; more links

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    Semyon Varlamov has been a central figure during the red-hot start for the Avalanche. (Nick Wass/AP)

    Semyon Varlamov has been a central figure for the Avalanche during their red-hot start. (Nick Wass/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • It wasn’t quite the blowout indicated by the score–they were outshot almost 2-1–but the Colorado Avalanche rode a brilliant 40-save effort from Semyon Varlamov to move to 5-0 and push the reeling Caps to their third-straight loss.

    • These Avs won’t let themselves be pushed around by anyone, writes Adrian Dater, and that means there will be an armed response to Boston’s bullies when the Bruins visit Denver later this season.

    • It was hard not to view last night’s match-up between Carey Price’s Canadiens and Roberto Luongo’s Canucks through the prism of Canada’s Olympic goaltending battle. And after one turned in a brilliant 39-save performance, a front-runner might be emerging.

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  • Published On Oct 13, 2013


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