After about two weeks of mourning the Philles World Series loss to the Yankees, I have finally crawled out of my hole, and returned to being a fully functional member of society.
Once out of my pit of despair, I stumbled right into a hockey team that is on a certifiable roll. Last night they had their first real statement win of the season, by punching the Devils in the mouth with a 3-2 victory. The win denied the Devs the all time record for road wins to start a season which will remain at 9 for the time being.
The game was highlighted by timely, stellar goaltending by Ray Emery. He has really settled into his role as the number one netminder here. In his last handful of games he has an astronomical save percentage and a goals against average just under 2. Numbers are one thing but it is just a different feel right now with him between the pipes in comparison to the goalies of Flyers failures past. He is big, smooth, athletic and fast. But the most important thing I have seen so far is that he appears to come up with the big save at the right time. No more short side 40 ft floaters. No more dribblers in the final minute of a period. Clutch is the most important trait of any goaltender and right now he appears to have it in spades…it is only November though.
The Flyers having won 6 of their last 7 are currently in a hotel in Los Angeles awaiting a showdown tomorrow night with the league’s top scorer Anze Kopitar and his Kings at the Staples Center. I love the west coast games that start at 10:30 here.