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Siegel: Bernier returns to practice after equipment issues

Jonas Siegel
9/21/2013 1:30:09 PM
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TORONTO - Jonathan Bernier returned to the ice Saturday wearing an older piece of equipment.

The 25-year-old left his second start of the preseason after just a period - he was expected to play the full game - because of irritation from a new set of knee pads that he'd been wearing under the trimmed-down goalie equipment required this fall. 

"I got new pads and I guess it was irritating my bones," he said of the knee pads, bigger than the sort he'd worn previously. "I was trying to get bigger knee pads with the smaller [goalie] pads. We made some changes. Hopefully it'll be fine."

While he'd been using the new equipment since the outset of camp, Bernier began to experience some pain and discomfort with his knee on the morning of Thursday's start in Ottawa. He attempted to play through the issue that night, but was forced to remove himself after 11 shots in 20 minutes.

After sitting out practice on Friday, Bernier was back with his teammates the next day sporting his old knee pads, hoping to let the area of irritation cool down before he tested the new ones more, which have since been altered.

"We switched a few things on the new ones so I'll try it once I feel good with my knee," Bernier said.

Bernier said he'd be ready to play against the Sabres on Sunday night.

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