Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier had been playing well against Arizona Thursday night, but at the start of the third period, the ghost of former Leafs netminder Vesa Toskala entered the rink – and a spectacularly bad goal on Bernier soon followed.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse for Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the ghost of Vesa Toskala and the infamously abysmal goal he allowed in 2008 entered the Air Canada Centre Thursday and a new embarrassing Leafs netminding moment for the ages was born.
It took place at the beginning of the third period, with Toronto on the power play and leading Arizona 1-0. Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson grabbed the puck at his own blueline after the faceoff, and fired a harmless shot towards the Toronto zone. The next part should have its own horror music:
As soon as it happened, social media lit up with mentions of Toskala, who allowed this stinker against Rob Davison and the New York Islanders in March of 2008:
That was the fastest short-handed goal (0:05) from the start of a period in NHL history. You saw history tonight.
— Randy Numbers (@randynumbers) January 30, 2015
Whatever the case, it’s looking like this season can’t end fast enough for Bernier and his teammates. The playoffs seem further away than ever, and the fates appear to be conspiring against them as well.