Video: Matt Cooke scores from center ice
Posted on: October 1, 2011 10:34 am
By: Adam Gretz
The Chicago Blackhawks brought veteran goaltender Ray Emery into the camp this year on a tryout contract to have him compete with Alexander Salak for the backup job to second-year starter Corey Crawford. The early results haven't been promising for Emery, and the worst moment of all came during a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.
Emery came out of his crease to play a loose puck at the top of the faceoff circle to the right of his net and sent it off the boards into the neutral zone. Unfortunately for Emery and the Blackhawks, that's where Penguins forward Matt Cooke was patiently waiting to fire it from the red line into the open net that Emery abandoned, as you can see in the above video.
The puck not only took an awkward bounce over Emery's stick as he made a desperate attempt to scramble back and stop it, but it also went through the five-hole of Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook as he tried to bail out his goaltender and make the save himself. For the game Emery stopped just 15 of the 18 shots he faced (Pittsburgh's fourth goal was an empty net goal).
It's been a rough preseason for Emery in his quest to make the team.
After giving up four goals in his debut against the Edmonton Oilers back on Sep. 20, he took over halfway through a game in Pittsburgh and gave up four more goals on 19 shots. Over the past two games, both of which have come against the Penguins, he's managed to stop (small sample size alert!) just 30 of the 37 shots he's faced for a save percentage of .810.
By comparison, in Salak's two appearances he's recorded a .926 mark (38 saves on 41 shots).