Ray Emery stopped 40 of 43 shots faced in the Flyers' 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders Monday. (USA Today Images)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- There have been times this season when Ray Emery either didn’t have any offensive support or did everything but Zamboni the ice.
A 3-0 loss in New Jersey earlier in the season when he gave up just two goals, a 2-0 loss at Minnesota that he kept the Flyers in it, and the same thing in a 4-2 loss at Tampa Bay.
He deserved a better fate in those games.
Monday was another one of those games where Emery deserved two points, but this time he got just one in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders (see story).
He had 40 saves, including 15 in each of the final two periods.
Emery’s never complained about how the team plays in front of him, or how many times he should have won. Nonetheless, his teammates let him down again Monday.
“I try to stop the ones I need to stop and that’s how I go about it,” Emery said after the game. “We gave ourselves a chance. It’s a tough team, a good, young offensive team.
“Any time you give yourself a chance in their building, it’s not the worst thing that could happen. Going into the third [leading] 3-1, we want to win that one.”
Nine penalties overall and three in the third period saw that lead disappear, as the game headed to a shootout after the scoreless overtime period.
“They gained momentum with the penalties and power plays,” Emery said. “Sometimes you get a bit on your heels and the opposite happens. They were coming pretty good.”
The Islanders pressured the Flyers into turnovers in the third period, another thing the Flyers need to get better at. Their defensive play from their blue line gives up too much off the rush.
“They came pretty hard and they have a couple of lines that cycle the puck well,” Emery said. “They spin around in the corners and they’re tough to defend against.”