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Quick gets a rest as Kings go with Bernier

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 3:45 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Jonathan Bernier will start Tuesday night for the Los Angeles Kings despite Jonathan Quick riding a franchise record shutout streak, coach Terry Murray said.

Murray said he mapped out his starters prior to last Saturday's game because he wants Bernier to see action before the team goes on the road.

The Kings host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday before playing at Dallas, Phoenix and Colorado.

"It's a decision I made a couple of days ago," Murray said. "I want to get him prepared. I knew Sunday was going to be a day off and let him have an opportunity to get himself ready over the day off … we've got a lot of games coming up. Right now the schedule starts to get a little busy. It's an opportunity early out of training camp."

Quick was named the NHL's First Star of the week after he recorded his third straight shutout last Saturday. He has gone a club record 188 minutes, 10 seconds without allowing a goal and carries a 0.81 goals-against average with a .972 save percentage (151 saves on 154 shots faced) over his past five games.

Bernier has made only one appearance this season, a loss to Buffalo on Oct. 8 in the second of back-to-back games for the Kings in the NHL Premiere Games in Europe.

Asked if Quick tried to coax him into starting Tuesday, Murray laughed and said, "He's very understanding that it's the early part of the year and we have a lot of games coming up that are huge games for us."

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round