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Ray Emery making things interesting in Chicago

Dec 11, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks scored late, then won it in overtime, 3-2 over the San Jose Sharks Sunday at the United Center.

For ‘Hawks goalie Ray Emery, the victory was his third in three starts, a run of strong play that couldn’t have come at a better time with regular starter Corey Crawford struggling.

Tonight, Emery stopped 35 of 37 San Jose shots, keeping his team in the game through the first two periods when the Sharks outshot the Blackhawks, 33-13.

Emery hasn’t always been the quintessential team player, but he’s been saying all the right things while holding down the fort for Crawford.

“I think it might be an opportunity to give [Crawford] a bit of a rest,” he said yesterday. “Maybe that’s what my contribution can be to a successful playoff team — is having a fresh goalie.”

So he’s playing the “I’m just the backup, nothing more” role well.

But you know how these things go. If Emery keeps rolling and Crawford can’t turn it around, we could have ourselves a full-blown goalie controversy in Chicago.

  1. philsosexy - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    I seriously hate how loosely the term “goalie controversy” is thrown around. Just because a back up plays a couple good games doesn’t mean he is fighting for the starter position. There is a reason the guy is not already a starter, because 9 times out of 10 there is a legitament starting goalie in each franchise. Quit saying there is a goalie controversy in a different city every night!!

  2. dadawg77 - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Last time the Hawks had a goalie issues they won the cup so this might be good

    • Chris - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:10 AM

      People should know better by now….Emery has done this the past few years; puts together a few nice games, gets hurt and you never hear from him again. It will be the same here

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:07 AM

      They had it last year, too. Remember the former #30? Mr. Turco?

  3. treydogg97 - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    He could be simply counting his blessings… Quite frankly it’s pretty amazing that he’s able to play at a high level again, considering the hip surgery he underwent a few years ago.

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