Jonathan Bernier’s second start of the season was cut short Tuesday as the goaltender departed the Anaheim Ducks’ road game against the San Jose Sharks after one period with an upper-body injury and was doubtful to return.
Bernier turned aside 10 of the 11 shots he faced in the opening session before being relieved by John Gibson at the beginning of the second. The 28-year-old Bernier made his debut for the Ducks on October 15, when he made 42 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
A native of Quebec, Bernier posted a 12-21-3 record with a career high-tying three shutouts and a 2.88 goals-against average in 36 starts and two relief appearances with Toronto last season. The Maple Leafs parted ways with the netminder on July 8, trading him to the Ducks for a conditional pick in next year’s draft.
Selected by Los Angeles with the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft, Bernier made his debut with the Kings in 2007-08, going 1-3-0 with a 4.03 GAA and .864 save percentage in four games – all starts. He spent four more campaigns with Los Angeles before being dealt to the Maple Leafs in June 2013 for fellow goalie Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin and a second-round draft pick.
Bernier, who won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012, has a career record of 88-89-23 with 12 shutouts and a 2.68 GAA in 215 games with Los Angeles, Toronto and Anaheim. He appeared in one playoff contest for the Kings in 2012-13, turning aside all nine shots he faced in a 30-minute relief stint.