Report: Maple Leafs G Bernier expected to undergo MRI

Mar 15, 2:15 PM

Although the lower-body injury sustained in Toronto's rousing 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday is likely to be inconsequential, Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier is expected to undergo an MRI to reaffirm the team's hopeful notion. 

Amid a five-game road-trip, Bernier may have to travel back to Toronto in order to receive the MRI and learn the full extent of his injury, per Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

Although a definitive decision on Bernier has not been made, the Leafs have called up Drew MacIntyre from the Toronto Marlies as a precaution. 

James Reimer, who stopped all 31 shots he faced in relief Thursday night, is expected to get the start Sunday when the Leafs participate in a rare weekend matinee in Washington. 

Mar 25, 8:06 PM

Maple Leafs G Bernier faces season-high 23 shots in first period

Mar 25, 8:06 PM

Jonathan Bernier faced a hectic welcome back to the Toronto Maple Leafs' crease on Tuesday.

The St. Louis Blues dominated possession for the first 20 minutes, eventually building a 2-1 lead. Bernier held his own for the opening 15 minutes, but T.J. Oshie poked a loose puck over the line at 15:55 and David Backes fired a shot under Bernier in the final minute of the first.

Bernier hesitated to go down on both goals, which is a concerning sign given his recent groin strain. But regardless of Bernier's health, giving up 23 shots in a period is no way to win a hockey game.

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Mar 25, 7:05 PM

Bernier starting Tuesday for Maple Leafs after missing five games

Mar 25, 7:05 PM

Jonathan Bernier is starting in net for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday after missing five games with a groin strain.

Bernier was considered a game-time decision and led the Maple Leafs onto the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he will start. 

Toronto is mired in a five-game losing skid and is on the brink of slipping out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Mar 25, 5:06 PM

Lupul: Bernier 'probably the best goalie I've seen in terms of rebound control'

Mar 25, 5:06 PM

Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul could barely contain his excitement at the prospect of goaltender Jonathan Bernier returning to the lineup on Tuesday, saying it would be "huge" and calling Bernier "one of the better goalies in the league."

Lupul's enthusiasm is understandable considering Bernier's .925 save percentage and Toronto's five straight losses since Bernier strained his groin against his former team the Los Angeles Kings.

It could also be seen as a knock against Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer, who has struggled with rebound control at times during his NHL career and has started each of Toronto's last seven losses.

"He's got a lot of confidence in himself and his abilities and we have a lot of confidence with him in the net," Lupul said of Bernier. "He understands when you need a whistle or when to calm the game down a bit."

Watch the entire post-practice interview with Lupul here:

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Mar 25, 11:39 AM

Maple Leafs G Jonathan Bernier a game-time decision Tuesday vs. Blues

Mar 25, 11:39 AM

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier could return from a groin injury on Tuesday night when the Leafs host the Western Conference juggernaut St. Louis Blues. Head coach Randy Carlyle didn't clarify the situation, however, saying that "anything is possible" in regards to Bernier's availability on Tuesday night.

Bernier is considered a game-time decision, and could ultimately start if Carlyle gets the go ahead from the Maple Leafs' medical staff.

Bernier has been excellent this season posting Vezina-quality numbers behind a permissive Leafs defense. Of course, against a team that excels at controlling play like the Blues do, stellar goaltending may not be enough:

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Mar 25, 10:39 AM

Maple Leafs G Jonathan Bernier appears likely to start Tuesday vs. Blues

Mar 25, 10:39 AM

Toronto Maple Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier appears to be ready to return, and not a moment too soon for the flagging Leafs. 

Bernier has posted Vezina-quality numbers in his first season as a starting NHL goaltender this year. Unsurprisingly, the Leafs have struggled mightily without him since he sustained a groin injury in a game against his former club, the Los Angeles Kings, ten days ago.

On Tuesday morning, Bernier took to the ice with teammates and occupied the net in the home end of the rink. That's usually the net filled by whichever goalie is starting on any given night.

Leafs third-string goaltender Drew MacIntyre, however, was still at the practice and has yet to be re-assigned to the American Hockey League. So presumably Bernier isn't a slam-dunk to return to the lineup on Tuesday.

Mar 24, 12:48 PM

Maple Leafs G Jonathan Bernier making progress, unlikely to be available Tuesday vs. Blues

Mar 24, 12:48 PM

The playoff aspirations of the Toronto Maple Leafs are on life support and the culprit - to hear a shell-shocked fanbase tell it - is goaltending. 

Since Maple Leafs starter Jonathan Bernier went down with a groin injury last week, his backup James Reimer has struggled enormously. Not enitrely coincidentally, the Maple Leafs have lost five games in a row and are in serious danger of falling out of a playoff spot.

Bernier, who has been anointed the new savior now that center Dave Bolland has returned to the lineup to continued negative results, is making progress and could get back into the lineup in short order. Bernier was on the ice on Monday, and even took some shots so he appears to be getting close.

According to Randy Carlyle, however, it's not clear that he'll be available to play for the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night against the dominant St. Louis Blues.

So... Drew MacIntyre?

Mar 21, 1:15 PM

Maple Leafs G Jonathan Bernier day-to-day with groin injury, questionable for weekend games

Mar 21, 1:15 PM

Injured Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier said he's still "day-to-day" after skating with the team Friday, adding he's suffering from the first groin injury of his career

As such, he remains questionable for Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens and Sunday's tilt with the New Jersey Devils.

Bernier added the timing of the injury was particularly unfortunate.

Toronto has lost three in a row since that game against the Kings, allowing 12 goals in that span.

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Mar 19, 10:18 PM

Maple Leafs G Jonathan Bernier expected to skate with full equipment, face shots Friday

Mar 19, 10:18 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs rather depserately miss the calming presence of Jonathan Bernier. He has been one of the best goaltenders in hockey this season, and the Maple Leafs require a dominant goaltender or their defensive deficiencies become uncomfortably obvious.

Luckily for the Maple Leafs, Bernier is expected to skate with full equipment on Friday and will face shots, according to head coach Randy Carlyle. That timeline would suggest that Bernier could return to action this weekend.

Mar 14, 7:54 PM

Report: Jonathan Bernier's injury not considered to be serious

Mar 14, 7:54 PM

It appears as though goaltender Jonathan Bernier will be back in Toronto's lineup sooner than later after being forced out of Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Kings with a lower-body injury.

In 50 games for the Maple Leafs, Bernier has posted a .925 save percentage with a record of 25-16-7.

Mar 14, 2:02 AM

Maple Leafs end Kings' 8-game winning streak, despite losing G Bernier to injury

Mar 14, 2:02 AM

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mason Raymond's shorthanded goal in the third period led the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Dion Phaneuf and Carl Gunnarsson also scored for the Maple Leafs, who are 2-1-0 on their five-game road trip.

Jonathan Bernier started the game in net, but left after the first period with a lower-body injury as he stopped 8-of-10 shots faced. After the game, head coach Randy Carlyle said Bernier was dealing with a pre-existing injury entering Thursday's contest. Carlyle was uncertain about the severity of the injury or whether Bernier would be forced to miss time.

Backup James Reimer turned away all 31 shots he faced over the final two periods.

Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist and Anze Kopitar lit the lamp for the Kings, who came into the game winning eight straight and failed in their bid to match the longest winning streak in franchise history. Jonathan Quick allowed all three goals on 29 shots.

"We just came out kind of flat tonight," said Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter. "They were taking it to us and we didn't do a good job of responding."

With the score tied in the third and Los Angeles on the power play, Reimer kept out a pair of shots from Kopitar and play went the other way.

Skating down the left wing, James van Riemsdyk fired a pass over to the right wing where Raymond blasted it home at 5:06 for a 3-2 lead.

From there Reimer turned away all 14 shots he faced in the third period to give Toronto the win.

Mar 13, 11:55 PM

Maple Leafs G Jonathan Bernier leaves game vs. Kings with lower-body injury

Mar 13, 11:55 PM

In his first game in Los Angeles since being traded by the Kings this past summer, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier was only able to play for 20 minutes before making a premature exit.

Bernier, who has become Toronto's number one goalie over the course of the season, allowed two goals on ten shots in the first period.

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