Chicago Blackhawks, Ray Emery May Part Ways After Unfortunate Play Against Pens

September 30th, 2011 by Keegan McNally Leave a reply »
When a goalie gets offered a tryout contract during the preseason, there are two simple rules to follow to ensure a roster spot in October. 

Play solid. Don't get fancy.

Ray Emery followed neither of those rules during his second preseason outing on Friday night against the Penguins. 

While the Blackhawks were on a first period power play, Emery made an unfortunate error and allowed Matt Cooke to score from center ice.

Although it may seem that Emery was simply trying to avoid a dangerous footrace into the corner by playing the puck, there is no doubt that Emery was a bit overzealous on the play. His play cost his team an early go-ahead goal and most likely the game as well.

Emery also let in two more "soft" goals on only 18 shots. That's about as far from solid as you can get in a preseason exhibition game. His overall save percentage was a measly .833 (15 saves on 18 shots). 

A goaltender's main job is to give their team a chance to win night after night. This doesn't always mean standing on their heads every game; it merely means that soft goals have to be eliminated and large, game-changing mistake ...

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