Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery hopes to stay hot against the Flames Tuesday
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org March 25, 2013 9:59PM
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Updated: April 27, 2013 6:23AM
Bryan Bickell searched his brain for the proper adjective to describe coach Joel Quenneville during the third period of the Feb. 2 game at Calgary — a third period in which the Flames peppered Hawks goalie Ray Emery with a preposterous 24 shots.
“He was, uh, he was very loud,” Bickell finally said. “He gave it to us. We’re lucky Razor was there, let’s just leave it at that.”
It was Marian Hossa who scored with two seconds left to send the game to overtime, but it was Emery’s performance that night — 45 saves, several of them truly spectacular, plus a perfect 3-for-3 in the shootout — allowed the Hawks to escape (“steal,” as Quenneville’s put it) a victory. That game served as a turning point for both Emery and the Hawks, but Emery shrugged it off as he prepared to face the Flames again Tuesday night at the United Center.
“I want to win games, and we won that one in dramatic fashion at the end,” he said. “It’s a new game [Tuesday] and you’ve just got to prepare for a team that’s coming in pretty well. I look at every game kind of the same.”
Not his teammates. Or his coach. Quenneville still mentions the Calgary game on a regular basis — as both one of the worst periods the Hawks played all year, and one of the best moments of the season. He called it an “all-world” performance on Monday.
“That might have been the turning point, where it was probably the first game we got dominated the way we did,” Quenneville said. “But the response we got in net was a special performance and one we’ll always remember. We had a lot of things going our way in the season, and that one kind of sustained what we had going.”
Said Bickell: “It was the Ray-Ray Show. That was probably our worst game all year, but we had Razor to shut the door back there, and he did what he had to do to get the win and we ended up winning. That was the highlight of the month, him doing that. It allowed us to carry some momentum going into San Jose and through the rest of the streak. It was big.”
NOTES: Marian Hossa missed his second straight game with an apparent shoulder injury, and coach Joel Quenneville said he was “doubtful” for Tuesday’s game.
“Hopefully, by the weekend, he’ll be playing,” Quenneville said. “He’ll be fine. We’re not that far away from playing.”
† Daniel Carcillo was a healthy scratch, as Jamal Mayers returned to the ice for the first time since March 10.
† Andrew Shaw didn’t participate in the morning skate (illness), but he did play.