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Ray Emery sticks in goal for the Blackhawks

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Coach Joel Quenneville will stick with Ray Emery in goal for Sunday's game against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center.

It will be the first time Emery, who is still considered the backup to Corey Crawford, gets the nod in consecutive games. Emery, though, has won his last two starts, a 5-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday and a 3-2 overtime win over the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Is this a case of Quenneville riding the proverbial hot hand again?

"He hasn't been given a chance to go," Quenneville said. "Right now, we'll see where we're going. At the same time, [Crawford] gets to be working on his game. It's part of the process."

Quenneville has commended Emery for his approach since the season started. Emery, who beat out rookie Alexander Salak for the backup spot in the preseason, has earned a point in every game he's started, but the Hawks' 9-2 disaster in Edmonton during the circus trip.

"He just seems to progress in games," Quenneville said. "He seems to be excited especially when the games are on the line. He seems to be very solid and finds pucks. His concentration level is in the right place. He moves well, seems big. He looks comfortable and confident in the net."

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