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Ray Emery Sets NHL Record With 9-0 Start

November 30, 2005

Ray Emery had no idea he was on the verge of setting an NHL record.

Emery won his record ninth straight game to start his career, stopping 27 shots for his first shutout in the Ottawa Senators’ 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

He improved to 9-0 in 12 career games and moved ahead of Bob Froese, who went 8-0 to begin his career with Philadelphia in 1982-83. Emery beat Montreal for the third time this season to improve to 6-0 in six starts _ three of his wins came during the previous two seasons.

``It just kind of worked out that over the course of the past three years, I played a couple of games here and there and I had a great team in front of me all the time so I reeled off nine kind of without recognizing it until the end of it,″ Emery said. ``It’s cool to say that you have an NHL record and it’s something that I’ll remember.″

Montreal’s Alexander Perezhogin had a good opportunity on a breakaway late in the game, but his shot went through the crease after Emery slid out to try to block him.

``We played really well and buried some chances we had and limited their scoring chances,″ he said. ``I just want to win games and hopefully I’ll get more opportunities to do so.″

Those chances are limited, with six-time Vezina Trophy winner Dominik Hasek entrenched as the starter.

``(Emery) seemed very confident and other than that slide at the end I thought he was very sharp,″ Senators coach Bryan Murray said. ``Maybe he doesn’t play enough, I don’t know, but that other guy keeps him out of the net.″

In other NHL games, it was: Carolina 4, Atlanta 3 in overtime; Philadelphia 4, the New York Islanders 3; Buffalo 3, Pittsburgh 2; New Jersey 3, Boston 2; Nashville 2, Calgary 0; and Colorado 3, Edmonton 2.

At Ottawa, Emery got great support on offense, as Dany Heatley extended his point streak to 22 games on Daniel Alfredsson’s team-leading 20th goal. Also, Jason Spezza scored for the fifth straight game and picked up his 30th assist.

Heatley is the only player in the league to record a point in each of his team’s games this season, moving within one game of tying Wayne Gretzky’s record for the longest point streak at the start with a new team. Gretzky had a 23-game streak to begin his stint with Los Angeles in 1988-89.

Martin Havlat and Mike Fisher also scored for Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa, which won its sixth straight.

The Canadiens had just 19 players due to personal reasons, injuries and suspensions.

``You’re disappointed when you lose 4-0, but if you consider the position we were in with our roster and all the situations that have happened in the past couple days, I thought we played a pretty tight game,″ Montreal coach Claude Julien said. ``We just have to regroup and hopefully get our walking wounded back.″

Flyers 4, Islanders 3

At Uniondale, N.Y., Simon Gagne scored his NHL-leading 22nd and 23rd goals _ including the winner with 7:13 left _ to lead Philadelphia.

New York nearly tied it with 0.2 seconds left, but a video review revealed the puck didn’t go in.

Hurricanes 4, Thrashers 3, OT

Frantisek Kaberle scored 32 seconds into overtime to give visiting Carolina its first victory over Atlanta in three meetings this season.

Justin Williams scored in the first period, Eric Staal had two in the second for the Hurricanes.

Sabres 3, Penguins 2

Ales Kotalik scored a power-play goal early in the third period, and Buffalo won at Pittsburgh for the first time in nearly five years.

Martin Biron stopped 30 shots for his fourth straight win, and the Sabres ended an 0-5-2 winless run in Pittsburgh since they last won there Dec. 2, 2000.

Devils 3, Bruins 2

Alexander Mogilny scored the game-winner with 32 seconds remaining, and Brian Gionta extended his goal-scoring streak to five games to lead host New Jersey.

Jay Pandolfo also scored and Martin Brodeur made 21 saves as the Devils won their third straight game and sixth in the last eight.

Patrice Bergeron and Sergei Samsonsov scored for the Bruins, who lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

Predators 2, Flames 0

Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves for his first shutout of the season _ 13th of his career _ to improve to 13-4-2 as Nashville beat visiting Calgary.

Vernon Fiddler scored his first goal of the season with 1:27 left in the first period, and Scott Hartnell completed the scoring with a power-play goal over Miikka Kiprusoff’s right shoulder with 15 seconds remaining in the third.

It was Nashville’s seventh win in nine games, and Calgary lost its second straight after winning 10 of 11.

Avalanche 3, Oilers 2

Joe Sakic scored the tiebreaking goal with about 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the third period, leading visiting Colorado to its third straight win.

Ian Laperriere scored twice in the first period for the Avalanche, and Marc-Andre Bergeron and Mike Peca scored second-period goals for Edmonton.

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