Goalies Bernier and Reimer shelled in Maple Leafs 9-2 loss to Predators

The Canadian Press | Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 10:23 AM

TORONTO - Jonathan Bernier lasted all of 20 minutes while Pekka Rinne continued his early-season dominance as the Nashville Predators hammered the Toronto Maple Leafs 9-2 at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.

The Maple Leafs goaltender, who had allowed only three goals in his previous two starts, gave up that many in the first period alone — two of them to Taylor Beck — before he was relieved by James Reimer to start the second.

That didn't seem to matter much, however, as the Predators added one in the second period and four in the final 20 minutes, handing the Leafs their third straight loss.

Filip Forsberg, Calle Jarnkrok, Roman Josi, Eric Nystrom, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy and Colin Wilson all had goals for Nashville (11-4-2).

Mike Santorelli and Nazem Kadri scored in the third period for Toronto (9-7-2), but the Leafs were already trailing 8-0 at that point. Bernier gave up three goals on 12 shots in the first period. Reimer allowed up six goals on 25 shots in 40 minutes of work.

Coming off an ugly defeat to the lowly Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Toronto was flat out of the gate against the Predators and couldn't muster much in the way of meaningful offence until the game was far out of reach.

Nashville, meanwhile, came out gunning and scored the game's first goal less than two minutes after puck drop.

Beck had his first of the period after he chased down a loose puck in the Maple Leafs' zone and let loose a quick wrister that beat Bernier blocker side for the early 1-0 Predators lead.

Roy scored his first of the season midway through the period before Beck scored his second of the night — and third of the year — to put the normally defensively minded Predators up 3-0 after a period.

That was the end of the night for Bernier, who was replaced by Reimer when the Maple Leafs took the ice for the second period.

Reimer turned aside 13 of 14 Nashville shots in the second, but couldn't stop Nystrom, who went top shelf on a 2-on-1 with 1:15 remaining in the period to make it 4-0 Nashville heading into the third.

That's when things went from bad to worse for Reimer and the Maple Leafs.

In a span of just over five minutes, the Predators, who are now 6-2 in eight games this month, scored four times to increase their lead to 8-0, putting the game well out of reach

Toronto showed signs of life later on in the third, scoring twice in a two-minute span thanks Santorelli and Kadri, but that was as close as they would come.

Wilson scored the game's final goal at 17:28 of the third.

Goalies Bernier and Reimer shelled in Maple Leafs 9-2 loss to Predators

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:52NSH Taylor Beck (2) ASST: Shea Weber (4), Paul Gaustad (4) 1 - 0 NSH
10:14NSH Derek Roy (1) ASST: Matt Cullen (4), Ryan Ellis (7) 2 - 0 NSH
16:49NSH PPG - Taylor Beck (3) ASST: Filip Forsberg (13), Seth Jones (5) 3 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
18:45NSH Eric Nystrom (3) ASST: Taylor Beck (2), Mattias Ekholm (6) 4 - 0 NSH
3rd Period
00:53NSH Mike Ribeiro (5) ASST: Ryan Ellis (8) 5 - 0 NSH
01:26NSH Filip Forsberg (9) ASST: Shea Weber (5), Mike Ribeiro (11) 6 - 0 NSH
03:06NSH Calle Jarnkrok (1) ASST: Colin Wilson (4), Shea Weber (6) 7 - 0 NSH
05:14NSH Roman Josi (3) ASST: Eric Nystrom (3), Paul Gaustad (5) 8 - 0 NSH
08:18TOR Mike Santorelli (3) ASST: Leo Komarov (11) 8 - 1 NSH
10:33TOR Nazem Kadri (5) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (8), Cody Franson (10) 8 - 2 NSH
17:28NSH Colin Wilson (2) ASST: Craig Smith (4), Calle Jarnkrok (2) 9 - 2 NSH
Three Stars of the Game
Taylor Beck
Taylor Beck
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:18
Shea Weber
Shea Weber
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 3Hits: 4
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 24:03
Filip Forsberg
Filip Forsberg
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:45
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:27TOR Cody Franson  Interference against  Eric Nystrom
13:26NSH Craig Smith  Slashing against  Morgan Rielly
15:37TOR Roman Polak  Concealing puck
19:42NSH Derek Roy  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
05:21TOR Richard Panik  Interference on goalkeeper against  Pekka Rinne
07:38TOR Dion Phaneuf  Fighting (maj) against  Paul Gaustad
07:38NSH Paul Gaustad  Fighting (maj) against  Dion Phaneuf
11:11TOR Jake Gardiner  Interference against  Derek Roy
13:53NSH Olli Jokinen  Interference against  Roman Polak
3rd Period
11:13TOR David Clarkson  Fighting (maj) against  Paul Gaustad
11:13NSH Paul Gaustad  Fighting (maj) against  David Clarkson
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/40/3
Faceoff Wins3340
Blocked Shots1614
Penalty Minutes1618
3S. JonesD0111019:01
4R. EllisD0221017:21
6S. WeberD0333024:03
7M. CullenC0101011:49
9F. ForsbergL1111013:45
13O. JokinenC0001213:00
14M. EkholmD0120017:05
15C. SmithR0133217:00
18J. NealR0012013:26
19C. JarnkrokC1134016:58
20A. VolchenkovD0011015:08
21D. RoyC1011012:24
24E. NystromL1124014:28
28P. GaustadC02101012:55
33C. WilsonL1133017:09
41T. BeckL2113016:18
59R. JosiD1036024:26
63M. RibeiroC1122017:44
35P. Rinne2931.93560:00
3D. PhaneufD0101519:52
4C. FransonD0102217:47
12S. RobidasD00-21019:00
18R. PanikL00-1026:39
21J. van RiemsdykL00-25018:50
23T. SmithC00-2008:14
24P. HollandC00-45018:27
25M. SantorelliC1014013:53
26D. WinnikL00-11016:12
32J. LeivoL00-2007:55
42T. BozakC00-11016:31
43N. KadriC1011017:18
44M. RiellyD00-32020:10
46R. PolakD00-44223:11
47L. KomarovC01-20018:15
51J. GardinerD00-32220:44
71D. ClarksonR00-31511:21
81P. KesselR00-21018:29
34J. Reimer1925.76040:00
45J. Bernier912.75020:00