Goaltenders R Us featured a pre-owned product Wednesday night. It felt like new, but it played like old. Ray Emery stood up to the St. Louis Blues for three periods, and when the buzzer sounded he just stood there, his face and thoughts equally masked, with Corey Perry the first to congratulate. He could have found cooler seats to occupy than this one, with the Ducks scrambling to their feet to make the Western Conference playoffs, but maybe that was the point. You don't go through what Emery did just to play garbage time. The fifth Ducks goalie of the season picked up a 2-1 victory that put Anaheim into eighth place, at least for a few hours. "The guys played well in front of me," Emery said. "We do things a little differently from what I'm used to, and I hit a few guys in the shin pads with pucks (while clearing) but no harm, no foul. "You tend to calm down a bit as the game goes on. You have to remind yourself of things a little less. I had the butterflies at first, and they (the Blues) put a lot of pucks at your feet, and I had to be sharp on some of those jam shots." There was a dangerous drive by Matt Hunwick with 3:57 left, and David Backes hit a post, and Backes had to be pried off the puck by Lubomir Visnovsky in a 6-on-5 situation. There was no lack of traffic, yet Emery's instincts and quickness came home.
Emery still smooth, so Ducks can be confident
Orange County Register | Mar 17