After more than a day to absorb what he accomplished in pulling off the goaltending performance of the Blackhawks' season thus far, Ray Emery expressed muted satisfaction.
"It's a win," Emery said Monday of making a career-high 45 saves during a 3-2 shootout victory over the Flames on Saturday night. "I don't get too excited about things like that (and) I try not to get too upset when it goes the opposite way. I just like to win. It was nice, especially with having not played in a while and knowing the guys might have a little less energy because of the tough travel and tough schedule."
Emery will be back in his backup role when Corey Crawford gets the start against the Sharks on Tuesday night at HP Pavilion, but coach Joel Quenneville indicated it won't be long before the veteran gets back into the crease.
"We're going into Phoenix (on Thursday night)," Quenneville said. "There's a good chance (Emery) could get back in."
When he does return to action, Emery said he hopes to build on the effort against the Flames.
"I'm pretty confident," he said. "Depending on the frequency I get to play, I just try to stay simple and solid in there. It was nice to do a little bit more than being simple and solid."
Shooting match: The Hawks tied a franchise record with three consecutive shootouts to start their six-game trip. After falling in the first two to the Wild and Canucks, the Hawks came out on top against the Flames. Finding a third shooter behind Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane has been an ongoing process for Quenneville the last few seasons.
"There's a lot of pressure in that third hole," Quenneville said. "We have a group of guys who all want to go, but at the same time we look at percentages (and) sometimes you get a feel by how the game is going. We have a little bit of a preset going into games ... for who would be third, four or fifth if need be. Sometimes it's a feel, sometimes it's a reward. (And) there's definitely some guesswork to it."
Hawks' Emery isn't giddy over stellar performance
Chicago Tribune | Feb 5