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Emery excited about return to goal

Monday, 30.01.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Ray Emery warms up during the pre-game skate this morning at Scotiabank Place. The rookie will start in goal tonight against the Boston Bruins. Photo: OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Ray Emery is excited to get back between the pipes for the first time since Jan. 7. The rookie will start tonight when the Ottawa Senators host the Boston Bruins.

"I'm excited to play," he said after the pre-game skate this morning. "It's been a while since I had the chance to get out there. I want to get back in and contribute to the team."

Emery enters the game with an 8-3-0 record this season. His last game resulted in a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Tonight will mark Emery's first game against Boston. He admits he may be a bit nervous before the game because of his break from action. He wouldn't have it any other way though.

"There'll be a little bit of butterflies. That's okay though because it keeps you on your toes and makes you aware of things. It gets your adrenaline going. (Boston) has played us tough the last two outings, so it's nice to get a chance to play a team like that."

Coach Bryan Murray expects solid effort from his rookie goaltender.

"He's a good athlete, a real strong young man. I expect the guys will want to put forth a strong effort for themselves, and for Ray.

Murray explained why he hasn't started Emery for the last eight games.

"With the way (Dominik Hasek) was going, it was hard for him to get back in. Ray has been working real hard in practice. We have to have both of these guys going. We should have no problem focusing (tonight) because it's a division rival."


Havlat update

Injured forward Martin Havlat (dislocated right shoulder) has been skating for the last two days with strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee.

Murray was asked about his progress.

"It will be a good while. He doesn't have full range of motion yet. He feels somewhat better but he's very protective (of his shoulder). I hope there's a big difference after the Olympic break. We're making sure he does his therapy and gets his legs moving on the ice."

Havlat dislocated his right shoulder early in the third period of Ottawa's 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place on Nov. 29.

 

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
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