It has been some time since blocked shots by a Red Wings' penalty killer got the fans going at Joe Louis Arena. But Cory Emmerton did the job Friday.

Late in the first period, against the Ducks, with Damien Brunner off two minutes for holding, Emmerton blocked three consecutive shots to help preserve what was then a 0-0 score.

For whatever reasons, off-ice officials for the NHL credited Emmerton with only one block. But the hat trick of using his body as a barrier was not lost on much of the crowd, or his teammates.

Much like Steve Yzerman, in days gone by, or a famous sequence in Game 5 of the 2002 playoffs against the Blues when Kirk Maltby lost his stick and blocked three shots before making it to the bench, players displaying such courage and skill against the brutal force of pucks fired in the NHL tend to get the blood going.