WILMINGTON, Mass. — Boston Bruins goatlender Manny Fernandez did not partake in any hockey activity today, and according to head coach Claude Julien, Fernandez remains sidelined with a “minor issue” that the coach clarified is an injury.
“It’s a minor issue that we thought would be resolved by today; might be resolved by tomorrow,” Julien said. “He’s definitely not a scratch right now for tomorrow.”
In Fernandez’s place, Kevin Regan made his way from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis for his first regular-season NHL practice.
“I was just excited. It was kind of like I got goose bumps right away,” the South Boston native said about getting the call. “It’s kind of surreal; I wasn’t really expecting it.”
With the P-Bruins, Regan has compiled a 6-4-1 record, a 3.33 goals-against average and a save percentage of .875. He admitted today that adjusting to life as the No. 2 behind Tuukka Rask has been tough.
“It’s been a little more of a struggle than I thought, to tell you the truth,” he said. “Not playing, I’ve been so used to kind of playing every day. So it’s been an adjustment. It’s my first year of pro hockey and adjusting maybe to playing a lot of games in a row and then not playing for a while, I’m still kind of a work in progress.”
No matter how long he’s with Boston (which might be measured in hours rather than days), Regan said he’ll take this as a learning experience.
“You kind of learn what you need,” said Regan, who also admitted that he wouldn’t mind a front-row seat for tomorrow’s Bruins-Montreal showdown at TD Banknorth Garden. “You look at Timmy (Thomas) and see what Timmy does. You see the way guys play and that makes you work that much harder.”