EL SEGUNDO, CA — On March 11, the Los Angeles Kings recalled goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions. They also announced that right wing Justin Williams is expected to return to the lineup on March 12 at Dallas.
Bernier, 21, was recalled after goaltender Jonathan Quick returned to the Los Angeles area for the impending birth of his first child.
Bernier is lighting up the AHL this season with a 26-18-5 record, a 2.08 goals-against average, a .937 save percentage and eight shutouts.
The 5-11 184-pound native of Laval, Quebec is fifth in the AHL in wins, first in shutouts and he is second in minutes played (2,941). He was also the starting goalie for Team Canada at the 2010 AHL All-Star game.
Bernier was selected by the Kings in the first round (eleventh overall) in the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Williams, 28, suffered a broken right leg (near the ankle) less than five minutes into the first period in a 3-2 loss at Phoenix on December 26, 2009.
Williams underwent surgery and was expected to be out at least three months. The 6-1, 193-pound native of Cobourg, Ontario has played in 33 games this season, scoring eight goals and contributing sixteen assists for 24 points with a +3 plus/minus rating and 31 penalty minutes.
He is expected to be activated from injured reserve on March 12 and be in the lineup at Dallas that night.
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