Sure, you can credit his off-the-charts success to good fortune. But it won’t faze him. In fact, he’d probably even agree with you.
So the backup goalie just stands there with a smile. He knows he has the league’s most potent offense ahead of him. And yes, he loves watching arguably the NHL’s most valuable player in forward Patrick Kane.
“When (Kane’s) rolling, he can do just about anything out there,” said Emery, who remained unbeaten after Monday’s 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche thanks to an overwhelming Hawks’ attack.
For the second straight game, Kane tallied three points, tallying a goal and two assists as he led a Hawks charge that suffocated Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov all night.
Two nights ago in Dallas, Kane was an instant YouTube hit when spun around a defender to score the team’s eighth goal of the game. That one was for fun.
“I knew the score was kind of up there a little bit, so I thought I’d have fun with it,” he said afterward. “I guess it would have been a little nicer if the goal was a big goal.”
Monday, he took the puck from the left of the net and put in what would be the game’s deciding goal.
“What a nice shot,” Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog said.
For Kane, who had to pick up a double shift in the thin air of Colorado due to Marian Hossa's first-period injury, it was payback to the team that ended their historic-points streak just over a week ago.
"Them ending our streak, we wanted to get a little bit of redemption and know that we can beat a team like this," Kane said. "It's nice to kind of beat them like that."
And for Emery, who hasn’t lost in over a full calendar year, it isn’t about his record going forward.
"I just want to play well. Each and every game is a new team, a new challenge and I just treat it as I want to win one game at a time," Emery said.
Still, he won’t mind if Kane and Co. do most of the work.
“I thought (the offense) played really well. Really well,” Emery said. “It’s hard to ask for more than that.”