Leafs goalie Bernier hot in the cold

Jonathan Bernier of the Toronto Maple Leafs keeps an eye on the play against the Detroit Red Wings...

Jonathan Bernier of the Toronto Maple Leafs keeps an eye on the play against the Detroit Red Wings during the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium January 1, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)

LANCE HORNBY and MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:41 PM ET

The cold weather during the Winter Classic on Wednesday made the Maple Leafs and Red Wings feel every hit and every shot block, with the added challenge of having to stay loose during the frequent timeouts to clear snow. There was some pushing after whistles, but keeping gloves on for warmth superceded thoughts of dropping them to fight.

Joffrey Lupul figured goalie Jonathan Bernier endured the worst, facing 43 shots in the game, three more in the shootout, and a couple of unwanted crease visitors. Bernier also had the wind and snow in his face, but just for one period and 2:30 of overtime.

"Well, we gave him lots of work (with defensive miscues)," Lupul said with a grin. "But I'm sure some of the pucks that hit him couldn't have felt too good. I know a few times getting bumped and whacked out there, it hurt."


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