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Nashville, TN - The Nashville Predators just couldn’t get anything past Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier tonight, as the Maple Leafs dominated the Predators in a 4-0 shut-out.
The Toronto netminder stopped all 36 shots on net at Bridgestone Arena, and secured his seventh career shutout.
Toronto took the lead at 6:19 in the second period when James Van Riemsdyk was able to beat Predators rookie Seth Jones to a puck in the corner in the Nashville zone, and Phil Kessel spanked a one-timer past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.Toronto made it 2-0 with just nine seconds left in the second period as Kessel ripped a shot from the near post. As Nashville goalie Rinne tried to freeze the puck, Van Riemsdyk poked it away, carrying it around the net and backhanded it into an empty net.
A scary moment in the contest came with 6:42 left in regulation, when Nashville’s Mike Fisher received a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding, after he sent Cody Franson face first into the glass. Franson left a large puddle of blood on the ice as he left the arena.
That put Toronto on the power play for most of the remainder of the game, and the Maple Leafs converted twice to reach the final score of 4-0.
The real story of the night was the work in goal by Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier. He was a brick wall all night taking Nashville’s best shots, including the trademark “bullet” fired from the stick of Shea Weber.
On more than one power play for Nashville, Weber teed up his slap shot, one of the toughest in the NHL, but Bernier stood his ground, thus keeping the Predators off the board.
Nashville is home on Saturday night to host the New York Islanders at Bridgestone Arena. Tickets are still available by calling the Predators box office.
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 – 0 Nashville Predators
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