Originally written on The Hockey Guys  |  Last updated 10/2/13

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Los Angeles Kings warms up prior to the NHL preseason game against the San Jose Sharks on September 19, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Sharks defeated the Kings 3-1. (Photo by Noah Graham/Getty Images)
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images O’Connor’s Observations Despite the loss, Philadelphia outplayed the Maple Leafs for a majority of the game. Jonathan Bernier’s stellar performance in goal kept Toronto in the game through the first two periods, and the Flyers’ frustration showed in the third after conceding the game-winning goal to Dave Bolland. At the same time, Toronto has made a habit in the Carlyle era of getting outshot and outchanced at even strength and still finding a way to win. Whether that is sustainable over the long haul remains to be seen, but for the second straight night, the Maple Leafs were defeated in possession statistics and came away with a W. Bernier, as mentioned, was fantastic. While he made very few highlight reel saves, it was his rebound control that allowed him to smother the Flyers. Philadelphia had very few second chance opportunities as Bernier delivered a technically brilliant performance. One positive from the game was Philadelphia’s drama...
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