Alfie calls out Emery

Senators goalie Ray Emery threw a fit at practice yesterday. SUN MEDIA FILE/Errol McGihon

Senators goalie Ray Emery threw a fit at practice yesterday. SUN MEDIA FILE/Errol McGihon

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:06 PM ET

Ray Emery wasn't in net last night, but he still took a pretty hard shot from captain Daniel Alfredsson.

The Senators goalie raised eyebrows after he had a monumental meltdown following an optional morning skate yesterday at Scotiabank Place before the last night's game against the Islanders.

After swinging his goalie stick and sending some Gatorade bottles on the club's bench flying, Emery tossed his stick into the stands before heading to the dressing room.

Alfredsson said last night if Emery wants to get back in net he has to work harder in practice and earn a start from coach John Paddock because the current situation is frustrating for everyone involved.

"To get considered for a start, (the coaching staff) is looking for (Emery) to show that he wants to be in there," said Alfredsson, who didn't see the incident. "You have to work hard in practice to show that you want to play. That's what most players do when they're not playing and the goalies are no different."

Neither GM Bryan Murray nor Paddock saw the flip out, but it wasn't the first time Emery has displayed his displeasure and clearly players are frustrated with the situation.

"I don't know what happened," said Paddock before the game. "You're going to have to ask him."

Emery was dressed as the backup against the Isles as Martin Gerber was given back-to-back starts. Part of Emery's issue may have been being on the ice in the first place. The skate was optional, but since Emery wasn't scheduled to start he was expected to practice. But when Ottawa assistants coaches Ron Low and Greg Carvel blew the whistle at 10:30 a.m. there were no goalies. Emery didn't appear until the 13-minute mark of the short session, took shots briefly and then left the ice.

STILL WAITING: Senators D Joe Corvo is listed as day-to-day with a groin injury, but he's not sure when he's going to return. Corvo missed his third straight game as a result of the injury. "I feel the same way. I'm not going to push it," said Corvo. "I really don't know. Not (last night). Hopefully, I'll be able to get a practice in and I'll feel better. It doesn't seem to be progressing. It's kind of stuck where it is," said Corvo, who is trying to stay active in the gym.

WAITING FOR WORD: Islanders coach Ted Nolan isn't sure how long G Rick DiPietro will be out with a knee injury, but he doesn't think it's serious. DiPietro suffered the injury in the warmup before the Isles' 4-3 OT victory over the Leafs on Wednesday and left in the first period. "I haven't heard back officially from the medical staff," said Nolan. "No news is good news in this case. If it was really serious, I would get contacted right away. As of (Wednesday) it was just one of those things he tweaked in the warmup and it was serious enough that he couldn't play. He didn't feel very good and he pulled himself."

EARNING TIME: The Senators have been pleased with the effort they've received from W Shean Donovan since he was moved off the fourth line to play with W Antoine Vermette and C Chris Kelly in the last three games. "A lot of players think if they play more, they'll play better. For us, it's play better and you'll play more," said Paddock. "We haven't been able to find the right combination for our fourth line all year. They just haven't seemed to mix together, no matter who was on it. They've been on the ice for goals fairly regular. We've moved (Donovan) up in our so-called pecking order and he's taken advantage of it."

STICKING AROUND: Islanders C Mike Sillinger didn't return to New York last night. He stayed in Ottawa to catch a glimpse of his 10-year-old son Owen's Long Island Gulls -- an AAA atom entry taking part in the Bell Capital Cup. "He was in it last year and he really enjoyed it," said Sillinger, a former Senators centre. "(Owen) feels like an NHL player. He was on the plane with us (Wednesday)." The rest of Gulls drove up yesterday and were at Scotiabank Place.

OFF THE GLASS: Last night's visit by the Islanders was their first to Ottawa without C Alexei Yashin, who was bought out in the summer and is toiling in Russia. Did anybody else notice the fans had no one to boo? They obviously didn't develop any hatred for C Mike Comrie.


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