TORONTO – It was the easiest shutout in Jonathan Berniers career and unlike anything he came close to seeing in his first season with the Maple Leafs. Ty Montgomery Jersey . Bernier, rather alarmingly, was peppered with at least 40 shots on 12 different occasions last year or almost a quarter of his 49 starts. He faced at least 30 shots nearly half the time. Very few nights, if any at all, were like Tuesday at the ACC when the 26-year-old saw just 10 shots come his way in an easy shutout over the lowly Buffalo Sabres. Probably the best game since Ive been here, he said of the teams performance afterward. Bernier and returning tandem partner, James Reimer, are unlikely to shine again this season though (so far its been a mixed bag) without a few more efforts like that. More precisely, they cant be expected to deliver heroic performances if the Leafs continue to yield upwards of 30 shots each and every night. Its all about the team, right, Bernier said of maintaining consistency in goal from year to year. Personally, the way I look at the game [is] youre as good as your team that plays in front of you. Prior to Tuesdays thorough rout of the Sabres, the Leafs hadnt really fared much better in terms of shot suppression from a year earlier. They were still giving up nearly 34 shots per game, down only slightly from their league-worst position last season. There were countless nights in the 2013-14 campaign in which Torontos tandem stole wins and points despite sour team performances, but that hasnt been the case early on as clunkers against Pittsburgh, Detroit and Boston have demonstrated. Its not that the pair have been bad or anything close to it, they just havent risen to the superhero heights of last season. And it wasnt reasonable to expect that they would. If you look at all the goalies that have a consistent, good save percentage, you look at their squads and theyre consistent, good teams, Reimer observed. Bernier, who earned the bulk of starts after coming over from the Kings, delivered a .923 save percentage as a first-year Leaf, which included a .933 even-strength mark that was amongst the best in the league. Hes dipped to .910 overall this fall and .923 at even-strength – the latter mark jumping some after the light workout against Buffalo. Reimer held a sturdy .923 even-strength save percentage a year ago, that number dropping to .905 in minimal action this fall. I dont know about what the situation was last year overall, but any time youre giving up 30-plus shots, thats not good, said assistant coach, Peter Horachek, new to the Leafs this season. Youre not going to have a lot of success if you do that day in and day out. So youve got to limit the shots. The Leafs usually needed heroics to survive with poor play and so far, those heroics havent been there near as often. Consider that Bernier and Reimer combined to post a scintillating .939 save percentage in October 2013. The team won 10 games. With one game left to play in October a year later, the two have combined for a .911 mark and the team has lost five of nine overall. Eventually, the floodgates will open under heavy strain as Michal Neuvirth showed in defeat for Buffalo. The Sabres goaltender stopped everything in sight for half of Tuesdays game, but soon succumbed to the will of his opponent and inferior play of his own team. He still played a heck of a game, Reimer said a day later, but his stats wont end up that great. Like [Jonas] Hiller the other day in Chicago had a 49-save win. Sometimes you can stand on your head for 60, 65 [minutes] and sometimes the floodgates open. And thats precisely what the Leafs have to be weary of – that sooner or later, if they continue to allow their goalies to be peppered with a barrage of shots, theyll buckle. Toronto needs to alleviate some of the pressure and they know it. But can they change it? One key in doing so Tuesday was better puck management – and thus possession. Players and coaches alike spoke often about the improved team game in the aftermath of victory, fewer haphazard decisions with the rock leading to fewer opportunities for the opposition. Horacheks teams in Nashville – he served under long-time head coach Barry Trotz – were routinely pretty stingy in shot suppression. He observed that groups that turn pucks over with regularity and fail to exit the defensive zone cleanly often spend a lot of time defending. Youve got to play the game the right way and when were doing that, when anybodys doing that, thats when you have success, Horachek said. The best teams manage the puck well. Im not a stats guy, Bernier said. [But] if the team in front of you is playing well, usually everyones stats are going to be much better. Quinten Rollins Jersey .ca! Hi Kerry, The recent issues in the Boston-Pittsburgh game have highlighted a number of officiating, game control, and player sportsmanship aspects. Brett Favre Jersey .Y. – The Buffalo Sabres reassigned forward Sam Reinhart to the WHLs Kootenay Ice on Friday. IRVING, Texas — David Duval gets only limited chances on the PGA Tour these days, much different than 15 years ago when he was the No. 1 player in the world. So Duval gutted it out Thursday at the Byron Nelson Championship despite the pain from a muscle issue in his right elbow, a day after his stepson had to drive him because he couldnt even use that arm. “Im just glad I chose to tee off today because I was seriously considering not,” said Duval, who almost withdrew about a half-hour before his round. Duval, now 42 years old and ranked 890th in the world, birdied his last three holes — Nos. 7-9 — after pitching in from 57 feet for another birdie at the fifth hole. He shot 4-under 66, a stroke behind leader Peter Hanson and tied with Marc Leishman and Tim Wilkinson. After a bogey on his 12th hole, the 528-yard third hole, Duval was even par for his round. He had the long pitch on No. 5, and a similar shot from 43 feet at the par-5 seventh hole started his closing birdie stretch. He sank putts of 3 1/2 and 17 feet to finish. “Im tickled pink it feels as good as it does right now,” Duval said. “Im not getting to play a whole lot right now and it would have been a hard thing to swallow not to be able to tee off.” Duvals arm started bothering him Tuesday when he hit 20 or 30 balls after getting to North Texas, and he managed to play only six holes after having a trainer work on his arm. He had an injection that night and hit only 20 or 30 more balls Wednesday before he couldnt even move his arm. He got more treatment before teeing off Thursday. As a 13-time winner on the PGA Tour, his last victory in the 2001 British Open, Duval has past champion status. But past champions are 32nd in the line of 36 categories to fill open spots in tournament fields. “A little disadvantage when you dont get to play consistently,” he said. “But I have the utmost confidence in what Im trying to do right now, and I feel like I can succeed even with that sporadic schedule.” Martin Kaymer, The Players Championship winner Sunday, waas among eight players at 67. Aaron Ripkowski Jersey. . When Duval finished his round, he had a share of the lead — until Hanson sank a 6-foot putt at No. 18 for his only back-nine birdie. Duval hasnt led the end of any round on the PGA Tour since the fourth of five rounds at Las Vegas in 2002. This is his only his eighth tournament this season, matching last years total. Hanson made the turn at 5 under after shooting 30 on the front side. The Swede couldnt keep up the pace on the back nine at TPC Four Seasons that he hadnt played before Thursday because of travel issues and a sore back. “I still have quite a bit of pain, but I really wanted to play this week,” Hanson said. “Heading over to Europe the next two weeks. We have a big tournament, Wentworth, and then my national open back in Sweden the week after that. This is a bit of a test.” Leishman was the only of the top four who played in the morning, and had a tap-in birdie putt at the par-3 second hole. His only bogey, at the 431-yard fourth hole after missing the green, was sandwiched by a pair of birdies. “It was fairly stress-free for the most part,” the Australian said after hitting 13 of 14 fairways and 16 greens in regulation. It was Leishmans best-scoring round since opening with a 66 at Torrey Pines in January when he was the runner-up with his second consecutive top-five finish. In eight tournaments since, he missed three cuts and his only finish in the top 30 was his tie for 23th at The Players Championship. Jordan Spieth had to birdie two of his last three holes for an even-par 70 at the course where he made the cut as an amateur at ages 16 and 17. Spieth, now 20 and the eighth-ranked player in the world, had a double-bogey 6 after driving into the water at No. 3, his 12th hole. With a large gallery following him only four days after he was in the final group with Kaymer at The Players, the Masters runner-up from Dallas hit only four of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens in regulation. Spieth played with defending Nelson champ Sang-Moon Bae, the South Korean who had an opening 73. 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TORONTO – It was the easiest shutout in Jonathan Berniers career and unlike anything he came close to seeing in his first season with the Maple Leafs. Ty Montgomery Jersey . Bernier, rather alarmingly, was peppered with at least 40 shots on 12 different occasions last year or almost a quarter of his 49 starts. He faced at least 30 shots nearly half the time. Very few nights, if any at all, were like Tuesday at the ACC when the 26-year-old saw just 10 shots come his way in an easy shutout over the lowly Buffalo Sabres. Probably the best game since Ive been here, he said of the teams performance afterward. Bernier and returning tandem partner, James Reimer, are unlikely to shine again this season though (so far its been a mixed bag) without a few more efforts like that. More precisely, they cant be expected to deliver heroic performances if the Leafs continue to yield upwards of 30 shots each and every night. Its all about the team, right, Bernier said of maintaining consistency in goal from year to year. Personally, the way I look at the game [is] youre as good as your team that plays in front of you. Prior to Tuesdays thorough rout of the Sabres, the Leafs hadnt really fared much better in terms of shot suppression from a year earlier. They were still giving up nearly 34 shots per game, down only slightly from their league-worst position last season. There were countless nights in the 2013-14 campaign in which Torontos tandem stole wins and points despite sour team performances, but that hasnt been the case early on as clunkers against Pittsburgh, Detroit and Boston have demonstrated. Its not that the pair have been bad or anything close to it, they just havent risen to the superhero heights of last season. And it wasnt reasonable to expect that they would. If you look at all the goalies that have a consistent, good save percentage, you look at their squads and theyre consistent, good teams, Reimer observed. Bernier, who earned the bulk of starts after coming over from the Kings, delivered a .923 save percentage as a first-year Leaf, which included a .933 even-strength mark that was amongst the best in the league. Hes dipped to .910 overall this fall and .923 at even-strength – the latter mark jumping some after the light workout against Buffalo. Reimer held a sturdy .923 even-strength save percentage a year ago, that number dropping to .905 in minimal action this fall. I dont know about what the situation was last year overall, but any time youre giving up 30-plus shots, thats not good, said assistant coach, Peter Horachek, new to the Leafs this season. Youre not going to have a lot of success if you do that day in and day out. So youve got to limit the shots. The Leafs usually needed heroics to survive with poor play and so far, those heroics havent been there near as often. Consider that Bernier and Reimer combined to post a scintillating .939 save percentage in October 2013. The team won 10 games. With one game left to play in October a year later, the two have combined for a .911 mark and the team has lost five of nine overall. Eventually, the floodgates will open under heavy strain as Michal Neuvirth showed in defeat for Buffalo. The Sabres goaltender stopped everything in sight for half of Tuesdays game, but soon succumbed to the will of his opponent and inferior play of his own team. He still played a heck of a game, Reimer said a day later, but his stats wont end up that great. Like [Jonas] Hiller the other day in Chicago had a 49-save win. Sometimes you can stand on your head for 60, 65 [minutes] and sometimes the floodgates open. And thats precisely what the Leafs have to be weary of – that sooner or later, if they continue to allow their goalies to be peppered with a barrage of shots, theyll buckle. Toronto needs to alleviate some of the pressure and they know it. But can they change it? One key in doing so Tuesday was better puck management – and thus possession. Players and coaches alike spoke often about the improved team game in the aftermath of victory, fewer haphazard decisions with the rock leading to fewer opportunities for the opposition. Horacheks teams in Nashville – he served under long-time head coach Barry Trotz – were routinely pretty stingy in shot suppression. He observed that groups that turn pucks over with regularity and fail to exit the defensive zone cleanly often spend a lot of time defending. Youve got to play the game the right way and when were doing that, when anybodys doing that, thats when you have success, Horachek said. The best teams manage the puck well. Im not a stats guy, Bernier said. [But] if the team in front of you is playing well, usually everyones stats are going to be much better. Quinten Rollins Jersey .ca! Hi Kerry, The recent issues in the Boston-Pittsburgh game have highlighted a number of officiating, game control, and player sportsmanship aspects. Brett Favre Jersey .Y. – The Buffalo Sabres reassigned forward Sam Reinhart to the WHLs Kootenay Ice on Friday. IRVING, Texas — David Duval gets only limited chances on the PGA Tour these days, much different than 15 years ago when he was the No. 1 player in the world. So Duval gutted it out Thursday at the Byron Nelson Championship despite the pain from a muscle issue in his right elbow, a day after his stepson had to drive him because he couldnt even use that arm. “Im just glad I chose to tee off today because I was seriously considering not,” said Duval, who almost withdrew about a half-hour before his round. Duval, now 42 years old and ranked 890th in the world, birdied his last three holes — Nos. 7-9 — after pitching in from 57 feet for another birdie at the fifth hole. He shot 4-under 66, a stroke behind leader Peter Hanson and tied with Marc Leishman and Tim Wilkinson. After a bogey on his 12th hole, the 528-yard third hole, Duval was even par for his round. He had the long pitch on No. 5, and a similar shot from 43 feet at the par-5 seventh hole started his closing birdie stretch. He sank putts of 3 1/2 and 17 feet to finish. “Im tickled pink it feels as good as it does right now,” Duval said. “Im not getting to play a whole lot right now and it would have been a hard thing to swallow not to be able to tee off.” Duvals arm started bothering him Tuesday when he hit 20 or 30 balls after getting to North Texas, and he managed to play only six holes after having a trainer work on his arm. He had an injection that night and hit only 20 or 30 more balls Wednesday before he couldnt even move his arm. He got more treatment before teeing off Thursday. As a 13-time winner on the PGA Tour, his last victory in the 2001 British Open, Duval has past champion status. But past champions are 32nd in the line of 36 categories to fill open spots in tournament fields. “A little disadvantage when you dont get to play consistently,” he said. “But I have the utmost confidence in what Im trying to do right now, and I feel like I can succeed even with that sporadic schedule.” Martin Kaymer, The Players Championship winner Sunday, waas among eight players at 67. Aaron Ripkowski Jersey. . When Duval finished his round, he had a share of the lead — until Hanson sank a 6-foot putt at No. 18 for his only back-nine birdie. Duval hasnt led the end of any round on the PGA Tour since the fourth of five rounds at Las Vegas in 2002. This is his only his eighth tournament this season, matching last years total. Hanson made the turn at 5 under after shooting 30 on the front side. The Swede couldnt keep up the pace on the back nine at TPC Four Seasons that he hadnt played before Thursday because of travel issues and a sore back. “I still have quite a bit of pain, but I really wanted to play this week,” Hanson said. “Heading over to Europe the next two weeks. We have a big tournament, Wentworth, and then my national open back in Sweden the week after that. This is a bit of a test.” Leishman was the only of the top four who played in the morning, and had a tap-in birdie putt at the par-3 second hole. His only bogey, at the 431-yard fourth hole after missing the green, was sandwiched by a pair of birdies. “It was fairly stress-free for the most part,” the Australian said after hitting 13 of 14 fairways and 16 greens in regulation. It was Leishmans best-scoring round since opening with a 66 at Torrey Pines in January when he was the runner-up with his second consecutive top-five finish. In eight tournaments since, he missed three cuts and his only finish in the top 30 was his tie for 23th at The Players Championship. Jordan Spieth had to birdie two of his last three holes for an even-par 70 at the course where he made the cut as an amateur at ages 16 and 17. Spieth, now 20 and the eighth-ranked player in the world, had a double-bogey 6 after driving into the water at No. 3, his 12th hole. With a large gallery following him only four days after he was in the final group with Kaymer at The Players, the Masters runner-up from Dallas hit only four of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens in regulation. Spieth played with defending Nelson champ Sang-Moon Bae, the South Korean who had an opening 73. 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