Just when it seemed Jonathan Bernier was ready to claim the lead goaltending role in Toronto, Saturday night happened.
The New York Rangers ran a 7-1 lay-up drill on the Maple Leafs. Bernier allowed a bad goal to Dominic Moore, letting the shot bleed though him, then he buckled under the Blueshirts onslaught.
“Obviously the second goal shouldn't go in,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. “But we give up three breakaways in the second period when our defensemen got beat and they went clearly uncontested to the net.
“Could he have been in better position? I don't know, but I think he started to retreat after that.”
Carlyle was disappointed that his team failed to regroup to give Bernier more support.
"If we were going to be flat, we'd start out that way, but be able to get your legs back and be more competitive,” he said. “But it seemed the third goal was the game. I'm surprised. I expected a lot more from our group. Now it's back to the drawing board.”
It will be interesting to see if Carlyle comes right back to Bernier or opts to give James Reimer another crack at taking charge in the nets.