Jonathan Bernier has played twice as many games against the Nashville Predators as he has versus any other NHL team – including starting all four games between the Kings and Predators last season, posting a 3-1-0 record with a 2.25 goals-against average.
This season, Bernier was off to another slow start, losing the only two games coach Terry Murray had put him in for. But, not anymore.
Bernier picked up his first win of the season last night, giving up three goals – including a power play goal – yet, holding on for a 4-3 victory.
After the game, Murray evaluated his performance…
“I was a little concerned at the start of the game, we had a two-nothing lead and the next thing you know it’s (tied) two-two. I would have liked to seen something (from him) on that second shot, the second goal that the scored, on the short side [note: that was the power play goal from Craig Smith]. But, I looked at it again on the replay and it was a heck of a shot. So, I really think he sucked it up after that and he made some big stops as they started to give it a push.”
Bernier stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced and lowered his season total to 3.37 goals against. He’ll most likely be back to the sidelines for the next few games – with his probable next start coming in about a week when the Kings play a home-and-home series, on back-to-back nights, versus the Anaheim Ducks.
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