Leafs hope Bernier will be OK for stretch run

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier during a practice at the MasterCard Centre on Feb. 25,...

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier during a practice at the MasterCard Centre on Feb. 25, 2014. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 AM ET

The only shots to come near Jonathan Bernier in his week away from the Maple Leaf firing range were probably of the liquid variety at a St. Lucia resort.

But it's back to business for Bernier starting Thursday and with 22 games in 45 days to go.

Toronto's playoff push will rely heavily on its busy goalie and how much his guilt-ridden teammates can do to reduce his workload.

At 36.2 shots against per game, the Leafs have given up more than any team in the NHL. Only the Ottawa Senators have joined the Leafs north of 2,000 pucks and the top 10 teams include Buffalo and Edmonton at 1,947, two clubs well out of the playoff hunt.


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