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Emery big as Flyers win fourth straight

Posted by Chris Shafer On November - 7 - 2009

Ray Emery has been a big part of the Flyers' current winning streak. (Neat1325)

Emery gets his 9th win of the season at home against the St. Louis Blues as the Flyers improve to 9-4-1 on the year. The four game winning streak that has come with Emery between the pipes hasn’t been a one man show, but the Flyers controversial goaltender has played his way off the NHL headlines with solid performances in net.

Tonight he saved 30 of 31 shots faced against the Blues without including 3 saves in the shootout. Yesterday he stopped 28 of 30 in Buffalo against a red hot Buffalo Sabres team as the only two goals against came with the Sabres on the powerplay.

Last Monday he stopped 24 of 26 shots against as the Flyers won 6-2, and two days before that he stopped an incredible 39 of 40 as the orange and black pounded the Hurricanes in 6-1 fashion.

The offense is definitely clicking for the Flyers, but on nights like tonight against St. Louis, when the Flyers only manage one goal in regulation, Emery is still keeping them in the game.

That is all the team asked of their former NHL outcast as he took over for Martin Biron between the pipes this offseason.

The injuries continue to pile on for the team as both Tollefsen and vanRiemsdyk fail to finish the game tonight, but Briere and Parent may be back as soon as the next game. JVR, who has been on fire lately during his quest for the Calder Trophy and the Olympics, has a broken pinky. The team will evaluate him and Tollefsen, who left the game with a mild concussion, tomorrow to see if they will be ready for the next game.

“Tollefsen has a mild concussion and the fact that he’s had them before, we just kept him out of the game, obviously,” said Holmgren. “We’ll see where he is tomorrow, but he’ll be out for a little bit, anyway.

“James [van Riemsdyk] is in the training room right now getting his left pinky finger stitched up. He got hit with Jeff [Carter's] shot and it’s a nasty cut…probably a little break on the end, too. I would say he’s probably day-to-day.”

The Flyers do have another long break until facing the Senators at home next Thursday.

A little more rest would do everyone some good at this point.

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