Net minding newcomer Ray Emery stole the show in last night’s preseason showdown with the Devils at the Wachovia Center. Emery finished with 31 saves on 32 shots but the stats don’t tell the full story of how Ray held his team in the game. During a 2-3 minute stretch in the third where they were under siege, Emery made 3 dazzling stops including a lunging kick save on a 2 on 1 that was the highlight of the night.
The first thing that stands out about Emery is his size in the pipes. He’s very big and he’s incredibly athletic for a big goalie. His cross crease agility and speed appear to be a significant upgrade to the inconsistency of last years netminding duo of Martin Biron and Antero Nittymaki.
I know it’s preseason and overreactions are always possible but if this performance was a preview of what we can expect, it’s going to be a very fun ride.
Oh yeah by the way the Flyers won in overtime 2-1 with a Mika Pyorala goal that was created by Chris Pronger joining the rush.
And in case you missed it, forward Danny Carcillo scored a 1 punch KO of youngster Marc Fraser in the first period. Down Goes Fraser!
The regulars season starts a week from tonight in Carolina.