Bernier, Bolland back at practice, close to returning

TSN.ca Staff
3/21/2014 1:19:08 PM
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Jonathan Bernier's return to the Maple Leafs lineup took another step forward on Friday, when the netminder participated in his first full practice since suffering a groin strain. 

Bernier was sharing goaltending duties with James Reimer during Friday's drills at the Mastercard Centre, while Drew MacIntyre watched from the corner of the ice.

Centre Dave Bolland was also on the ice, skating on a regular line with Mason Raymond and David Clarkson for the first time in almost three weeks.

Out for 56 games following an ankle injury, Bolland has had a rocky recovery, having last participated in a full practice on March 2 before suffering a setback.

Following Friday's skate, head coach Randy Carlyle said a decision on the availability of Bernier and Bolland for Saturday's contest against the Montreal Canadiens will be made on game day.

The 25-year-old Bernier was on the ice for the team's optional skate on Wednesday, where he did side-to-side and up-and-down movements while taking some shots in his 25 minutes on the ice.

The injury goes back to the team's 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings last week. Bernier took himself out of the game in the first period and has not played since.

Reimer has been in goal in his absence, posting three straight losses at the hands of Washington, Detroit and Tampa Bay.

Bernier has a 25-16-7 record with a 2.64 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage and a shutout in his first season with Toronto.

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