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Emery wins fifth straight start for Blackhawks

Dec 18, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

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Another game, another win for Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery. Tonight at the United Center, Chicago (21-8-4) beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 to move into first overall in the NHL standings.

For Emery, it was his fifth straight start and fifth straight victory since taking over for struggling Corey Crawford.

The Blackhawks are in Pittsburgh Tuesday for a tough game against the Penguins, so you have to assume Emery will get the nod at least once more from coach Joel Quenneville before Crawford gets a chance at redemption.

The ‘Hawks return home Wednesday to face the Habs, so maybe Crawford will get his shot then.

We’ve already had a few interesting goaltending situations arise this season. Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider in Vancouver. Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis. And of course this one in Chicago.

Note we called them goaltending “situations,” not “controversies.” After all, it’s only December. No need for PHT to get carried away making mountains out of molehills. We won’t really start hyping this stuff up until…January.

  1. charliereno - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    It’s been an amazing turnaround for a guy that was nearly an afterthought, then played like hot garbage during the pre-season. I think Crawford’s going to be riding pine for a while, you’ve always got to go with who’s hot.

  2. polegojim - Dec 19, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    I done told ya and told ya, as soon as he hit the block.

    Great job Ray.

  3. trbowman - Dec 19, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    Happy to see Emery excel

  4. acieu - Dec 19, 2011 at 6:17 AM

    Is it the cocaine?

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