Bernier’s strong effort can’t save Leafs vs. Penguins

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Jonathan Bernier kicked out 39 of 41 shots tonight, but that wasn’t enough for the Maple Leafs as Pittsburgh still ended up earning a 2-1 win.

Bernier deserves credit for more than just the quantity of saves he made tonight. He had to make some big stops with perhaps the best example coming late in the second period when he squashed Evgeni Malkin’s golden opportunity:

Malkin was ultimately held off the scoresheet, but Pascal Dupuis found a way to best Bernier twice. Of course, being reunited with his old linemate, Sidney Crosby, helped.

Toronto defenseman Cody Franson scored at 6:31 of the third period to extend his point streak to five games and make things interesting, but it proved to be too little, too late.

The Maple Leafs’ three-game winning streak has come to an end while Pittsburgh has now won eight of its last nine contests.