LOS ANGELES -- Marty McSorley, you're good.
Same goes for Essa Tikkanen and Roberto Luongo. New Jersey Devils forward Steve Bernier --- with one of the worst-timed and ill-advised checks in NHL playoff history --- has let you all off the hook as Stanley Cup Final goats.
Benier won't get his name on the Stanley Cup hoisted by the Los Angeles Kings for the first time in franchise history at Staples Center on Monday night, but he arguably is the most responsible for the series-clinching 6-1 Game 6 decision.
Lagging far behind the action, Bernier's brutal boarding of Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi drew a major penalty and an ejection. That cleared the way for Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis to score on the five-minute power play that ensued.
"It's going to take a long time to get that play off my mind," Bernier said.
With one swift shoulder midway through the first period, Bernier emerged at the top of the list of finals heels. Bernier surpasse...