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by Paul on 01/08/14 at 08:08 PM ET
from Curtis Rush of the Toronto Star,
... it was only recently that the Leafs finally made Bernier the de facto No. 1, giving him six straight starts.
That experiment appears to have blown up in their faces.
All bets are now off after two dreadful performances in which Bernier allowed a toal of nine goals in a 7-1 collapse against the New York Rangers and a 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders.
The tension bubbled up in Bernier’s post-game response Tuesday when he was asked if he thought he would be pulled after giving up a few soft goals against the Islanders.
In that moment, he glared at the reporter. “Why would I be pulled?” he asked. When he got an answer he didn’t like, he coldly stared down other reporters lest they dare to continue the line of questioning. The area around his locker went quiet.
The incident also appeared to gnaw at Carlyle after practice on Wednesday when he laughed off a reporter who wanted to know what he thought of Bernier’s reaction.
“I don’t react to what reporters have (to say),” he said. “Imagine if I reacted to everything you said about me.”
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