Season likely over for G Fernandez

Dec 13, 2007 - 3:56 AM BOSTON (Ticker) -- Manny Fernandez's first season with the Boston Bruins likely is over.

Fernandez, who has appeared in just four games this campaign, underwent successful knee surgery Wednesday morning and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

The procedure, which repaired a chronic tear of Fernandez's left MCL, was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital's outpatient medical center in Waltham by team physician Dr. Bertram Zarins.

A co-winner of the William Jennings Trophy while with Minnesota last season, Fernandez was acquired by Boston over the summer to stabilize the Bruins' goaltending. However, the 33-year-old netminder suffered a strained knee in practice on October 30 and back spasms, although the Boston Globe last week reported Fernandez has a herniated disk.

In his four contests with the Bruins, Fernandez went 2-2-0 with one shutout and a 3.93 goals-against average. A third-round pick of Quebec in the 1992 draft, he has a career record of 127-115-32 with 14 shutouts and a 2.49 GAA in 297 games with the Dallas Stars, Wild and Bruins.

Fernandez was placed on long-term injured reserve and assigned to Providence of the American Hockey League on Thursday for conditioning purposes.

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