VIDEO: Jonathan Bernier misjudges puck, gives up winning goal
Jonathan Bernier makes the latest submission to the Hall of Shame, by allowing a goal on a shot that was never meant for the net.
If everything would have went to plan, Jonathan Bernier wouldn’t have even been in the net, but after James Reimer went down with an injury just 32 seconds into the game, Bernier was called into action.
One look at the box score would suggest he had a fairly decent game with 34 saves on 37 shots, but the third period proved to be his and the Maple Leafs' downfall. After already giving up two goals earlier in the final frame, Bernier submitted the latest entry to this season’s Hall of Shame on Carolina’s third goal.
Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey sent the puck up ice off the boards from his own end, just hoping a forward might win a race to negate a hybrid icing call. Radek Dvorak did by the slimmest of margins, just as the puck bounced off the endboards and then off the skate of an unwitting Bernier. It skimmed across and over the line to give the Hurricanes the 3-2 lead they would hold onto to win the game.
Now, this may have caused some debate on hybrid icing, as the tie is supposed to go to the defensive player, but it looks like Dvorak got to the faceoff dots just slightly ahead of two Toronto defensemen. The linesman was waving icing off as the puck was crossing the goal line. Had Dvorak not won that race, the whistle blows and even if it goes off of Bernier, the goal doesn’t count.
It was an unfortunate series of events for Bernier and it will land him on the season-ending blooper reel with Jonathan Quick and a few others who have already made some hilarious gaffes this season. From smaller pads to shallower nets to everything else, seems like a tough year for some goalies.
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