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Every player has a team they really love playing against, a team they always find success against. For Ray Emery, that team is the Calgary Flames.
Emery has faced the Flames 11 times in his career and has won 8 of those contests, including this afternoon’s tilt in Philly.
The first period began fairly evenly, with both teams trading chances early. Reto Berra made a great cross crease pad save on a Wayne Simmonds wraparound opportunity in the first half of the period which foreshadowed the rest of the period for the Flames. Berra bailed his teammates out a few more times before 20 minutes expired, especially in the final five or six minutes when the Flyers brought the heat and hemmed the Flames in their own zone. The shots would settle at an 11 to 8 lead for the Flyers, but the scoreboard was yet to record a goal. 0-0 after one.
The second period began similar to how the first ended, with Flyer pressure. They controlled the play for the first few minutes but the playing field evened out in a hurry as the Flames found their legs and began applying pressure on the opposite side of the ice. Emery was sharp though, fending off a couple solid scoring chances from the guys in white. The deadlock would be snapped eight minutes into the period by Brayden Schenn who took a pass in the high slot and fed a dart top shelf on Berra. The entire sequence was a brutal one for the Flames who, as Sportsnet’s Neil Smith pointed out, were painfully unaggressive the entire play and looked like they were killing a penalty.
The third period was another solid one for
Why The Flames Lost?
Ray Emery turned in another tremendous performance against the Flames. Everything they threw at Emery, he had a response for. They were also victimized by a weird play on Giroux’s winning goal. It’s not very often a bouncing puck finds it’s away to the best player on the other team who is alone in a scoring area and then get’s all of the shot.
Did the Flames deserve better? Probably.
|Home||2||11:57||B. Schenn (Goal)||10||17||22||29||40||41||4||6||8||13||23||29||5v5|
|Period||Totals||EV||PP||5v3 PP||SH||5v3 SH|
There were a few guys that had a good argument for Red Warrior but I got to give it to the Captain, tonight. Giordano had another tremendous performance on the blueline doing a solid job shutting down the Flyers’ high octane scorers and generating opportunities in the offensive zone. He also took a puck in the chops and didn’t miss a shift – although showed his frustration with the play on the bench. What rotten luck to have a few chiclets knocked out right before a two week vacation.
Sum It Up
Thank goodness Emery is in the Eastern Conference, I don’t think the Flames could deal with playing against him consistently.
The NHL games for the Flames will now halt for the Olympic Games, which I encourage you all to take in.