It was a game that had plenty of Philadelphia Flyers fans holding their breath. Unfortunately, that’s become a fad as of late and will most likely continue all the way until the final game of the season. It wasn’t a pretty first half of period No. 1 for Flyers backup goalie Ray Emery on Tuesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks, but in what will probably be one his final few games this season, he came up with a gigantic win over his former team.
The top scoring team in the NHL couldn’t really break the confidence of the 31-year-old. Chicago was able to score two goals early on in the first period of play, one of which had some lucky bounces. After that, however, Emery stole the show.
Chicago, who is currently leading the league in total goals with 228 and goals per game (3.30), was held to a measly five shots in the third period of play. Perhaps it was him raising a cup last year with that very squad that gave him a little bit more of an incentive to perform Tuesday night.
It hasn’t been the prettiest of seasons for Emery at all this year, and it’s arguably been his worst. The Flyers will be playing at a game every other day pace from now until the rest of the season, which means picking and choosing which games to start Steve Mason will be vital in their success down the stretch. The Flyers can only hope that their backup can stay as poised as possible in his next start. My educated guess is that he’ll probably get one more start before March ends. In April, Philly does have three games against easier opponents that won’t make the playoffs. Depending on their situation, expect to see him go in two of those games.