|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."
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.