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Ray Emery to make second straight start

Updated: January 12, 2012 8:32AM

Goalie Ray Emery will start consecutive games for the first time this season when he faces the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

“His concentration level is in the right place,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “He moves well, seems big. He looks comfortable and confident.”

Emery, who still is considered the backup to Corey Crawford, 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. He has earned a point in every game he has started except for 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.”

Sharp a father

Forward Patrick Sharp’s wife, Abby, gave birth to their first child, Madelyn Grace, on Friday. All are doing well.

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