Bernier shines as Leafs blank Preds 4-0 in Nashville

The Canadian Press | Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 11:15 PM

NASHVILLE -Jonathan Bernier made 36 saves and Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the Nashville Predators 4-0 on Thursday night.

James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won four of five this season. Nashville has lost three of four.

Bernier extended his domination of Nashville, improving his career record against the Predators to 8-1. He stopped eight shots in the first period, 17 in the second and 11 in the third for his first shutout this season and the seventh of his career.

After a scoreless opening period, Kessel scored the first goal at 13:41 of the second.

Following a faceoff in the Nashville zone, the puck went below the goal line on the right side. Van Riemsdyk quickly grabbed it and whipped a backhand pass to Kessel in the low slot, where he one-timed the puck by goalie Pekka Rinne.

It was Kessel's second goal of the season. He signed a $64 million, eight-year contract extension just before the start of the season.

Just before the end of the second period, Kessel's shot hit Rinne up high and the rebound landed just to the right of the Nashville net. Rinne squatted down to cover the puck, but van Riemsdyk took the puck before Rinne could get his glove on it and carried it around to the opposite side where he slid it into the open net.

Late in the game, Nashville forward Mike Fisher was assessed a major for boarding and a game misconduct after hitting former Predators defenceman Cody Franson into the boards by the Toronto bench. Franson left a pool of blood on the ice and did not return.

Bozak and Lupul scored on the ensuing power play.

NOTES: It was just the fifth time the Maple Leafs have played in Nashville, the fewest of any NHL team. ... LW Josh Leivo and LW David Broll made their NHL debuts. Broll fought with Nashville C Matt Hendricks in the second period. ... It was the 15th anniversary of the first game in Predators history.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
13:41TOR Phil Kessel (2) ASST: James van Riemsdyk (1) 1 - 0 TOR
19:51TOR James van Riemsdyk (3) ASST: Phil Kessel (3), Carl Gunnarsson (1) 2 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
16:18TOR PPG - Tyler Bozak (2) ASST: Phil Kessel (4), Morgan Rielly (1) 3 - 0 TOR
16:59TOR PPG - Joffrey Lupul (3) ASST: Jake Gardiner (1), Nazem Kadri (3) 4 - 0 TOR
Three Stars of the Game
Jonathan Bernier
Jonathan Bernier
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 27-27
PIM: 0PP: 9-9
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
James van Riemsdyk
James van Riemsdyk
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 21:36
Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:05
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:17TOR James van Riemsdyk  Tripping against  Seth Jones
11:18NSH Matt Hendricks  Cross checking against  Jake Gardiner
2nd Period
01:32TOR Dion Phaneuf  Hooking against  Patric Hornqvist
09:38TOR Dave Bolland  Cross checking against  Eric Nystrom
19:54NSH Matt Hendricks  Fighting (maj) against  David Broll
19:54TOR David Broll  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Hendricks
3rd Period
13:18NSH Mike Fisher  Boarding (maj) against  Cody Franson
13:18NSH Mike Fisher  Game misconduct
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/40/3
Faceoff Wins2640
Blocked Shots1213
Penalty Minutes1122
3D. PhaneufD0001223:36
4C. FransonD0020018:46
11J. McClementC0000015:04
12M. RaymondL0002016:16
15P. RangerD0001019:10
19J. LupulL1003016:19
21J. van RiemsdykL1125221:36
28C. OrrR000008:19
32J. LeivoL000109:02
36C. GunnarssonD0100021:23
37C. AshtonR000007:06
42T. BozakC1021022:05
43N. KadriC0101016:25
44M. RiellyD0122019:23
46D. BrollL000259:19
51J. GardinerD0101017:46
63D. BollandC0002212:20
81P. KesselR1224020:05
45J. Bernier36361.00060:00
3S. JonesD00-25026:29
4R. EllisD0002015:20
6S. WeberD00-23025:56
7M. CullenC0001017:40
8K. KleinD0003018:06
9F. ForsbergL00-22013:51
11D. LegwandC00-12016:23
12M. FisherC00041518:39
13N. SpalingC0002013:03
15C. SmithR0002013:15
16R. CluneL000009:11
24E. NystromL00-21015:29
26M. HendricksL0001711:11
27P. HornqvistR0002017:31
28P. GaustadC00-10012:07
33C. WilsonL0002017:43
42M. EkholmD0003019:47
64V. BartleyD0001011:19
35P. Rinne2226.84660:00