2-way play makes L.A. successful: Ex-King Bernier

Jonathan Bernier. (QMI Agency)

Jonathan Bernier. (QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:59 PM ET

TORONTO - The toothy grin on Jonathan Bernier’s face gave away the answer.

Of course, the Maple Leafs goaltender would love nothing more than to face his former team, the Los Angeles Kings, on Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Kings drafted Bernier in 2006 and he won the Stanley Cup with the club in 2012, but wasn’t able to topple Jonathan Quick from the starter’s perch and became expendable, finding his way via trade to the Leafs in June.

One would think that Leafs coach Randy Carlyle would give Bernier his first chance to show his former team that he was more than capable of being the No. 1 goalie.

And if that happens, Bernier probably wouldn’t mind if his Leafs teammates tried to emulate his old Kings pals.

“The biggest thing with those guys is they are great two-way players, and that is what made us successful in the playoffs,” Bernier said of the Kings.


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