Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/3/13
Behind what started out as a tired-looking team playing sloppy and almost uninspired hockey Jonathan Bernier looked as if his Maple Leafs debut was going to end up being a solo effort. There were turnovers in the first 20 minutes blown coverages and the potential for disaster against a Philadelphia Flyers team ready to roll in its home and season opener. And then the new Leaf ran through the checklist of how great goaltending can change the momentum of a game ultimately leading his team to a 3-1 victory at the Wells Fargo Center. When it was done Bernier had done his part and more to finish off a sweep of the back-to-back road games to open the season and become the NHL’s first 2-0 team. The puck-stopping poise of Bernier in his much-awaited debut was not lost on his new teammates. “We came in after the first period quite disappointed (and trailing 1-0 on a last-minute power-play goal by Brayden Schenn)” said Joffrey Lupul. “It could have easily been 3-0 but he kept us in it and...
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