Veteran Flyers goalie Ray Emery is a 10-year NHL veteran who will turn 33 in September. But as he showed in spectacularly robbing Buffalo's Tyler Ennis of a shootout goal Thursday in Philadelphia, Emery has still got the capability of rising to the occasion and getting the job done.
The Sabres and Flyers were tied at two goals apiece after overtime, and with Philly still within six points of the final wild card berth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the extra point mattered for the home team. That urgency was reflected in Emery's play when Ennis stepped up to take Buffalo's third shootout shot of the night:
The Sabres beat Emery on the following shot by Brian Flynn to win the game 3-2, but Emery diving to his right after Ennis faked a slap shot took an incredible amount of athleticism on the Flyers goalie's behalf. Sometimes people forget Emery was in the American League four years ago as part of his astonishing comeback from a degenerative hip condition, and they shouldn't forget such a feat.
The Hamilton native no longer is in his prime (as evidenced by his 3.15 goals-against average and .893 save percentage this season), but the fact he's still in an NHL net for a team in a post-season race, battling regularly and being capable of plays like the one he made on Ennis, is a testament to his competitive spirit.