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Picking the third best goalie in Senators franchise history is a tough task. There is Ron Tugnutt, who got Ottawa started on its 11-year run of making the playoffs. There’s Damian Rhodes, who took over mid-streak and, like Tugnutt, helped Ottawa enjoy success during its leaner years. Then there is Ray Emery, who wasn’t in Ottawa for long but made an impact.
Ultimately, the decision to go with Emery comes down to the fact he led the Senators to their one and only Stanley Cup Finals appearance against the Anaheim Ducks in the 2006-07 season. While the Senators came away empty handed, it shouldn’t reflect poorly on Emery who posted a 2.26 goals against average and .907 save percentage in the series, but couldn’t get any help from an Ottawa offence that scored six goals in its four losses.
Of course, who could forget the infamous brawl of 2007 between the Senators and the Buffalo Sabres (not that a brawl makes someone best-of worthy)? While the lasting image for some is of Chris Drury sprawled out on the ice after taking a devastating hit from Chris Neil, for most, it’s of Emery fighting Martin Biron and Andrew Peters that persists.
That sequence perfectly encapsulates Emery’s time in Ottawa. He had the talent to be Ottawa’s starter of the future, but the extracurricular’s he involved himself in – both on- and off-ice – proved too much of a distraction.
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