Jonathan Bernier earns first shutout as Maple Leaf

Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier makes a stop on Nashville's Eric Nystrom during the Leafs' 4-0...

Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier makes a stop on Nashville's Eric Nystrom during the Leafs' 4-0 win on Thursday. (Getty Images/AFP)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:28 PM ET

NASHVILLE - At some point, getting outplayed and outshot has to catch up to the Leafs, doesn’t it?

Ditto being forced to knit a lineup together with players that would ordinarily be Toronto Marlies at this young stage of the NHL season.

Apparently not for the top team in the Eastern Conference after a 4-0 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Smoke and mirrors to some, perhaps, but the benefits of brilliant goaltending to most others.

Yes, the Jonathan Bernier era continued to grow roots, hitting all the right notes in the Music City for his first shutout as a Maple Leaf. He started by keeping his team in it, elevated his play at times in spectacular fashion and was always steady to record his third win of the season.

And Bernier did it behind a lineup that included four players who had never dressed for an NHL game prior to last week and an offence that had nothing going on for wide swathes of play.


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