BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery stopped 34 of 38 shots Friday in his first conditioning start for the AHL's Binghamton Senators.
The Senators fell 4-1 to the Syracuse Crunch in Emery's first game action in 17 days after undergoing surgery on his left wrist.
"I felt like it was the first exhibition game of the year," Emery said. "I didn't expect much. I know I'm not at the top of my game and that's why I'm here."
Emery didn't show any signs of the long layoff looking razor-sharp through the first 30 minutes after limited practice time and no regular-season action with Ottawa.
"My timing is off," he said. "I have to get my hand back to where I can grab things and control rebounds."
Emery kept Syracuse off the score sheet until a power-play goal at the 10:55 mark of the second period.
That goal changed the game's complexion as Syracuse became more aggressive, scoring short-handed before the second period was over and adding a second power-play goal and an even-strength goal in the third period.
"I got a bit more comfortable as the game went on," Emery said despite giving up four goals in the game's final 30 minutes. "It just kind of turned into a different game toward the end."
Emery will complete his two-game assignment with Binghamton against the Hershey Bears Saturday.