Ray Emery finally gets to play some hockey! His last start was February 1st 2010 when he suffered from avascular necrosis which required season ending surgery. The Flyers dropped him and he was a free agent until the Ducks signed him.
The Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate, The Syracuse Crunch, hosted the San Antonio Rampage on friday night, giving Emery his first start in over a year. Unfortunately the Crunch lost the game 4-2.
The first period was mostly dominated by the Rampage who scored an early powerplay goal at 8:51. They ended up outshooting the Crunch 14-7 in the first 20 minutes of play. The second period started out the same as the first and the Rampage were soon up 3-0. Later in the period the Crunch scored to get on the scoreboard. The third period saw the Crunch come within one and having a ton of momentum. Unfortunately it was taken away and the Rampage won the game 4-2.
Emery faced 31 shots and stopped 27 of them. Rampage goalie Matt Climie had a fantastic game stopping 38 of 40 shots and dominating the powerplay by only allowing the Crunch to score on one out their five chances.
Overall Emery looked a bit rusty at first but seemed to get into the groove as the game went on. He showed a few moments of his old self by making some quality saves. Us Ducks fans have a ton to look forward to if Emery is able to get back the skill level he used to have.
His next chance will be against the Rochester Americans, tonight at 7:30pm est