Bernier saved just 12 of 16 shots during Monday's Game 6 loss to Nashville. Nashville's first goal was deflected in off Brandon Montour's skate, and then Colton Sissons made no mistake from the slot to make it 2-0 for the Preds after just three shots on net. Bernier only faced 13 more shots through the rest of the game, as Anaheim dominated the possession with 72 shot attempts compared to Nashville's 35. This just wasn't Anaheim's night, and while Bernier wasn't overly sharp, Game 6 should probably be viewed as a tough-luck loss. Unless he re-signs with Anaheim, the 28-year-old netminder is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Bernier will be between the pipes for Monday's Game 6 against the Predators, Adam Vingan of The Tennesseean reports. With John Gibson (lower body) unable to even dress for the contest, Bernier will make his first career playoff start. It's hard to fathom a more stressful scenario to do so, as the Ducks are down 3-2 facing elimination in the series on enemy ice where the home team has been dynamite in the postseason. Jhonas Enroth will dress as the backup.
Bernier stopped 16 of 18 shots in relief of an injured John Gibson (lower body) in Saturday's Game 5 loss to Nashville. Gibson said he should be ready for Game 6, so don't expect the Ducks to turn back to Bernier. The former Maple Leaf has posted a .905 save percentage in three relief appearances this postseason, failing to make the impact he would need to even be considered to start a game in place of Gibson. He's a reliable backup in Anaheim, but the crease is Gibson's and it'll take a serious injury or a major slump for Bernier to get a shot.
Bernier led his team onto the ice for the start of the second period against Nashville on Saturday, replacing John Gibson for unknown reasons, Thomas Willis of NHL.com reports. It is unclear what kept John Gibson from continuing to play, especially since he finished the first period. Nevertheless, Bernier will have a chance to give the Ducks a series-clinching opportunity Monday. He has recorded a .911 save percentage and 2.84 GAA in two appearances this postseason. We'll continue to update as information becomes available.
Bernier stopped 25 of 29 shots in relief of John Gibson in Sunday's Game 6 loss to the Oilers. This marks the second time Bernier has had to enter in relief of Gibson in the playoffs. He was perfect in his round-one appearance but didn't stand much of a chance Sunday in a game the Ducks lost by a 7-1 score. Gibson hasn't been at his best, but it's very unlikely Bernier will start Game 7.
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