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Toews brothers renew rivalry in scrimmage

Ray Emery battling for backup goalie job allowed three goals ­during scrimmage Saturday ­including breakaway goal by Jonathan Toews. |

Ray Emery, battling for the backup goalie job, allowed three goals ­during a scrimmage Saturday, ­including a breakaway goal by Jonathan Toews. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Updated: November 10, 2011 12:13PM



One Toews was enough for Patrick Kane. But two in training camp?

“Geez,” Kane said. “It’s going to be a rough ride for me.”

The sibling rivalry between Jonathan Toews and his younger brother, David, was on full display Saturday as they went head-to-head in the first scrimmage of training camp.

“He had a good chance in the slot, and I can’t let him have this,” Jonathan said. “He hung on to it too long. He had to get rid of it, so I had the time to lift the stick before he got the shot off.”

David saw things differently, of course.

“I had a lot of time, so I was just kind of waiting for the goalie to go down,” said David, who was acquired from the New York Islanders last week. “I kind of bobbled it.

‘‘I’m not going to give him too much credit because actually it was my fault I bobbled the puck. I had a good chance there. The puck wasn’t going in today. At least the chances are there and opportunities to be had.”

Jonathan was happy to see his brother come up with the quality chances.

“It was a good start for him,” he said. “It’s good to see that hard work paying off.”

Ray on Ray

Ray Emery on his first scrimmage after he allowed three goals (including a breakaway score by Jonathan Toews) in his fight for the backup goalie spot: “I’ll give myself a B-minus or something. I was pretty solid. I’d like to have the last one back. You’ve got to get your hands at the start of the year, and there’s a whole bunch of things going through your head as far as playing the puck, covering the rebounds, looking through traffic and different things it’s tough to brush on during the summer. I did a lot of those well, but it wasn’t season-, game-ready.”

Getting better

As expected, Kane took part in two practices, wearing a splint on his left wrist during both. He said that his wrist felt great afterward and that he hopes to play in three or four preseason games.

Patrick Sharp (appendectomy) has yet to speak to the media, but he told broadcaster Eddie Olczyk on the video board before the scrimmages that he’s “feeling good.”

“I don’t want to miss any games, so I’m pushing to play the first game of the season,” he said.

Prospect Jeremy Morin is day-to-day with a concussion he suffered last season with Rockford.



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