Bruins Lose 3-2 in Ottawa

7 04 2009

Embattled Bruins Goaltender Manny Fernandez

By Jim Chandley

In their first game since clinching the top spot in the Eastern Conference, the Bruins started Manny Fernandez in goal to give starter Tim Thomas a night off.

Christoph Schubert and Mike Fisher scored in the first to give Ottawa a 2-0 lead.

Zdeno Chara and Phil Kessel scored in the second for the B’s (Kessel’s was his 32nd on the season), but so did Ottawa’s Dany Heatley.

The Senators kept their 3-2 lead throughout a few charges from the Bruins in the third.  The score  would remain at 3-2.

Boston will host the Habs on Thursday night at the Garden.


Bruins Win Ugly Behind Fernandez, 7-5 Over Leafs

29 03 2009

Bruins backup Manny Fernandez

By Jim Chandley

Boston took two points out of Saturday’s tussle at the Air Canada Centre.  Toronto have had a tough year so the game should not have been very exciting.

But Manny Fernandez made it interesting.  The enigmatic net-minder has been sporadic of late, leaving fans to sweat out games the B’s might otherwise win with ease.

Saturday was no exception.

Fernandez gave up soft goals to Nikolai Kulemin and Alexei Ponikarovsky in the first period.  Mark Recchi would tip in a Matt Hunwick slapper at the end of the period to save a tie score for intermission.

In the second, the Bruins offense went ballistic.  Goals from Shawn Thornton, Blake Wheeler, David Krejci and Recchi put the B’s ahead for good.  The score after two periods was 7-4.

Fernandez would let up one more in the third, but the Bruins escaped with their skin and the two point victory.  They skate again tonight at Philladelphia.

Bruins Lose to Rangers in Matinee

8 03 2009

Bruins goalie Manny Fernandez in the locker room; a place he may wish he had stayed this afternoon

By Jim Chandley

The Bruins put forth a good team effort in New York this afternoon but came up short, falling 4-3 to the Rangers.  Coach Claude Julien would probably tell you, (as he often does) that they lost as a team.

But this didn’t seem to be as much of a team loss as other recent defeats.  “You can’t win with that,” commentator Mike Millbury said during today’s broadcast.  He spoke almost accidentally and sounded rather harsh but clarified without sugar coating it, “You can not win with goal tending like Manny Fernandez has given the Bruins here today.”

Indeed, Fernandez gave up some soft goals in today’s contest.  When the Rangers drew first blood early in the 2nd, they did so on a legitimate goal by Nik Antropov.  Kobasew scored two minutes later and one could argue that the Rangers should never have seen the lead again.

Later in the period, on the powerplay, Scott Gomez found the back of the net on a wrap-around shot where Fernandez didn’t cover the entire post and let the puck sneak inside his skate.  Minutes later, Fernandez stood up when a shot was blocked in front of him.  He spun 360 degrees in the crease looking for the puck while Ryan Callahan was busy finding it and burying it.

Chara andRyder would both score early in the 3rd, clearing the way for Fernandez to leave his mistakes in the past.  Unfortunately, it was not Fernandez’s day.  With six minutes left in the game, Fernandez lost sight of a rebound andcame out entirely too far to the right slot.  The rebound had in fact gone to the left and Nikolai Zherdev put it away for what would be the game winner.

It was a tough break for the team that Fernandez had such a bad day today.  The skaters came out with some fire, hitting hard and taking part in a few scraps along the way.  They put plenty of pressure on New York’s Henrik Lundquist.  But the miscues in goal were too much to overcome.  The B’s will try again Tuesday at the Columbus Blue Jackets.