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LAst Night's Action: Kings Get Sloppy Win against 'Canes

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LA Kings defeat Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. With Head Coach Terry Murray deciding to save goalie Jonathan Quick for division foe Phoenix Coyotes Thursday night, a shaky Jonathan Bernier had a tough go of it for the first two periods having not played since Oct. 10, 2010 in Calgary in a 3-1 loss. Thankfully he loosened up in the third period and the offense bailed him out for the 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

“When you don’t play a lot, it’s hard to get a rhythm,” Bernier said.

Two cases on point: Eric Staal’s unassisted goal 17:46 in the first period to give Carolina the 2-1 lead. Staal just charged through and simply beat Bernier point blank. Nothing fancy - just point and shoot and there the puck ended up in the back of the net.

Second case: Jeff Skinner’s goal 14:39 in the second period to tie the game 3-3. Bernier could not glove the puck on Anton Babchuk’s 52-foot slapshot letting it fall out and bounce on the crease for Skinner’s easy put-back.

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But in the third period Bernier seemed to loosen up saving all 15 shots the Hurricanes threw at him doubling their effort from the first two periods.

“I felt way better in the third,” Bernier said. “I felt comfortable on the ice.”

Murray was complimentary of Bernier’s third period. “There was a lot of action around the net. They put a lot of pucks to the net in the third period. He had good focus, pucks coming from the blue line with traffic. He makes it look easy at times standing there with composure catching the puck not going down at any time.”

However Murray wasn’t having any of the rustiness excuses.

“Figure it out. You can never come back to me at the end of the game and say I felt a little rusty.”