Serving as one half of an NHL-dominating goaltending duo is nothing new to Boston Bruins netminder Manny Fernandez.
Back in the 2002-03 season, Fernandez combined with Dwayne Roloson to carry the Minnesota Wild all the way to the Western Conference finals. Fernandez appeared in 35 regular-season games to Roloson’s 50 and Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire nearly split the postseason games evenly — with Fernandez getting nine and Roloson 11.
Now Fernandez and Tim Thomas are the best goaltending tandem in the league –with Fernandez just ahead of Thomas for second place in the goals-against average rankings (2.02 to 2.04) and Thomas slightly ahead of Fernandez for third in save percentage (.935 to .930). With just an occassional alteration to his pattern, Bruins head coach Claude Julien, whose team rides a 10-game winning streak into Saturday’s tilt with Buffalo, has stuck to a straight rotation. And that’s made it easier for Fernandez to find his groove. (more…)