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Former Los Angeles Kings Goaltender Jonathan Bernier Gives a Stunning Performance at the 2014 NHL Winter Classic

January 1st, 2014 at 4:06 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier, (now a Toronto Maple Leaf) gives a tremendous performance, at the 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium against the Detroit Red Wings, where the Maple Leafs won 3-2 in a shootout.

Bernier proved to be a bigger draw-back for the Red Wings rather than the 13 degree weather, weather and ice conditions(causing the third period and overtime to be split in two parts) as over 100-thousand fans gathered to watch the beloved game on New Year’s Day.

The 25-year-old Laval, QC, Canada native made 41 saves, four of which were high-quality on a Red Wings power play, stopped two-of-three attempts in the shootout, and proved worthy of being the first star of the game.

Bernier was traded to the Maple Leafs from the Kings over the off-season in exchange for forward Matt Frattin, goaltender Ben Scrivens, and a second-round draft pick in 2014 or 2015.

Bernier, was the Kings first-round draft pick in 2006 (11th overall). The majority of his career was spent playing behind starting goaltender Jonathan Quick and he was ready to be a starting goaltender.

Whenever Bernier was called upon he never failed to give a great performance no matter the outcome for the Kings.

In 2013 while Quick was struggling to regain his form from an offseason back surgery Bernier stepped in. During the shortened NHL season due to the lockout he ended his last season with the Kings 9-3-1, with a 1.87 GAA, and .922 SV%, one shutout, and appeared in his first and only playoff game.

With the Kings Bernier played in 62 career regular-season games gaining a 29-20-6 record, .912 save percentage, 2.36 GAA and six shutouts.

Tags: Hockey, Jonathan Bernier, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL

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