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TORONTO – This was what Jonathan Bernier wanted all along. http://www.portugalnationalshop.com/Eliseu-Portugal-Jersey/ . This is what he pined for as the backup in Los Angeles, stuck for years in the 
shadow of Jonathan Quick. And yet now that hes finally gripped hold of his first
No. 1 job in the NHL, the 25-year-old knows that satisfaction is far from being
attained. "Things can change," he said, mindfully. "You can be a No. 1 for 10
years and then next day, youre a backup. My goal is not to be a No.1 for a year
or half a season, I want to be a good goalie for a long time, hopefully." Just
33 starts into that quest – by far the most of his NHL career – Bernier is off
to a fine beginning. Starting for the 13th time in the past 17 games against the
Lightning on Tuesday night, Bernier stopped 40 shots, including one of
game-saving proportions on Martin St. Louis in the final moments. It was the
kind of load-bearing performance that has become more norm than exception for
Bernier, who is tied for sixth in the NHL in save percentage and fourth in
even-strength save percentage among goaltenders with at least 20 starts. "When I
got traded, I knew that was my chance to prove what I can do in this league,"
said Bernier, who is 5-1-0 in his last six starts. "My main focus was always to
be a No. 1 guy and Ive still got a lot to learn, but I think Im moving towards
that." He and James Reimer traded starts until mid-December before the crease
eventually tilted in favour of the Laval, Quebec native. His performance
month-to-month has rarely wavered – .933 save percentage in October, .923 in
November, .932 in December and .915 so far in January. "I knew Randy, the type
of coach he was," said Bernier of head coach Randy Carlyle, "I knew I had to
really battle to earn [the job] which is the good way. You dont want anything
for free in life. [But] I didnt really focus on how many games I was playing, I
think I was just focusing on getting better every day and every game and it just
worked out that I started playing good and he kept me in." Maybe most notable in
his year-long efforts has been his ability to withstand a nightly barrage of
shots and chances, a far cry from the Kings, who were a constant amongst the
NHLs best defensive teams. In fact, Bernier is facing 11 more shots per start
this season with the Leafs (35) than a year ago in Los Angeles. He sits a
sparkling 7-1-2 when challenged with 40 shots or more. "I think we can still
improve as a team," he said honestly of the groups performance. "[Were] still
giving up a lot of scoring chances, especially I thought last game wasnt our
best one, but were coming out with wins. I think if we want to be successful in
the playoffs – Ive been through that – youve really got to bear down defensively
and be a good defensive team." Though the goalie competition has gradually
evolved into a one-man job, Bernier understands that he is a long ways from
proven as a No. 1 starter in this league. But he also carries a certain degree
of pride and quiet confidence knowing that hes accomplished what he set out to
do upon landing in Toronto. "Its not like I said yesterday I made it, Im a No.
1, I think youre just going day by day," he said. "Obviously, Im happy the way
things turned out." http://www.portugalnationalshop.com/Eder-Portugal-Jersey/ . Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, was elected Tuesday as president of the
International Olympic Committee. He succeeds Jacques Rogge, who stepped down
after 12 years. Bach, the longtime favourite, defeated five candidates in a
secret ballot for the most influential job in international sports, keeping the
presidency in European hands. http://www.portugalnationalshop.com/Joao-Moutinho-Portugal-Jersey/ . The 22-year-old Spanish midfielder recently signed a new three-year contract
with Chelsea, and after spending last season on loan with Valencia in La Liga,
Romeu will move to the Bundesliga for the 2014-15 campaign.Columbus, OH
(SportsNetwork.com) - DAngelo Russell had 16 points and six assists to lead
20th-ranked Ohio State to a 92-55 victory over UMass-Lowell in the season opener
for both schools. Sam Thompson and Marc Loving had 14 points apiece and Anthony
Lee added 13 for the Buckeyes (1-0), who finished last season with a 25-10 mark.
Jahad Thomas had 18 points and five rebounds for the River Hawks (0-1), who are
competing at the Division I level for just the second season. A Thompson
3-pointer early in the game starteed a 14-0 run for Ohio State as Lee capped the
burst with a pair of free throws for a 23-8 advantage seven minutes in. http://www.portugalnationalshop.com/Pepe-Portugal-Jersey/. Loving hit a 3-pointer in the closing stages of the first half to give the team
a 47-25 lead at the break. UMass-Lowell failed to get closer than 21 back in the
second half. Game Notes Lance Crawford had 11 points for UMass-Lowell ... This
was the first meeting between these schools ... Ohio State shot 61.7 percent
from the floor. Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' ' 
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