Jonathan Bernier will get his second consecutive start for the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight when they take on the Buffalo Sabres. He’s been outstanding for the Leafs since taking the place of James Reimer in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings on December 21. James Reimer gave up three goals on 12 shots and was given the aggressive hook by head coach Randy Carlyle.
The controversial move seemed to work though, as Bernier has been outstanding since.
Jonathan Bernier, coming off a 42-save performance at MSG, starts tonight at home versus the Sabres.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) December 27, 2013
Toronto is getting some strong goaltending from Bernier, but hasn’t been able to give him much in the way of goaltending support. Despite making 42 saves against the New York Rangers on December 23, he still took the shootout loss because the Leafs could only score a single goal in regulation.
He got plenty of goal support against the Wings, but the damage was already done by Reimer and his three-goal first period.
The Leafs have just one win in their last five contests and are trying to hang onto a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. They’ve fallen to fifth place in the Atlantic Division but are still in OK shape due to their torrid start.