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Even people who generally have no problem with fighting in hockey are panning what the Philadelphia Flyers did on Friday night, instigating a line brawl while losing to the Washington Capitals 7-0.
To refresh your memory, this one drew extra attention because it featured a goalie fight between the Flyers' Ray Emery and the Capitals' Braden Holtby, in which only Emery wanted to fight. "I basically said, 'Protect yourself,'" Emery said. "He didn't really have much of a choice."
Take a look again:
CBSSports.com's Chris Peters summed it up this way:
"It's not the Capitals' fault that the Flyers are a veritable dumpster on fire rolling down a hill with a tire factory at the end of it. It's because the Caps players on the ice were there, wearing different colored jerseys and the Flyers needed a spark. Since they certainly weren't going to be able to get that spark by playing actual hockey, they used the only method they had left."
At the Flyers blog "Broad Street Hockey," a collection of photos was captioned succinctly: "You know every stereotype you've ever heard about the Flyers? Bunch of goons who can't play? Well, it's all true."
On Twitter, the critics included none other than "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak:
Love hockey, but Flyers are part of reason it remains a niche sport. Shameful tonight (including Philly radio team.)
-- Pat Sajak (@patsajak) November 2, 2013
You get down 7-0 and a line brawl happens, especially when the 0 belongs to the Flyers.
-- Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdonPHT) November 2, 2013
But the best line might belong to Adam Proteau of The Hockey News:
Remember, turn your clock back an hour tonight. If you're the Philadelphia Flyers, just leave your clock set to 1973 where it's always been.
-- Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) November 2, 2013
Emery and the Flyers showed a different kind of fight Saturday night in New Jersey. Emery stopped all 14 shots he faced, leading the Flyers past the Devils 1-0 in perhaps last-place Philadelphia's most complete effort of the season.
''A night like tonight, it's not that hard to stay focused after a game like last night,'' Emery said. ''You challenge yourself and you could see it in the whole team that we were embarrassed. We were gonna show how much we wanted to play tonight.''
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Flyers goalie Ray Emery made national headlines when he skated the length of the ice to attack and pummel unwilling Capitals goalie Braden Holtby in Washington's 7-0 win in Philadelphia on Friday, setting off a melee.
Some have blamed the officials for not intervening sooner and exacting greater punishment on Emery, who has other fights to his credit. Some...
NHL fans — regardless of loyalties — have been buzzing about Ray Emery’s assault of Caps goalie Braden Holtby in yesterday’s game.
The NHL, it seems, will not be taking disciplinary actions against the Flyers netminder.
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun explained that, while obviously they did not like what they saw, the NHL saw nothing in the rulebook that could back a suspension of...
via Pierre LeBrun tweets,
After looking at it and discussing it internally for last 24 hrs, NHL has decided not to suspend Ray Emery. Simply put ...
current rulebook as it stands doesn't back any suspension for this. Obviously league doesn't like what it saw last night but ...
there's just nothing in rulebook for supplemental discipline for that
The Philadelphia Flyers went into Friday night’s matchup against the Washington Capitals at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division standings with a 3-8 record.
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After being embarrassed by Washington at home just 24 hours earlier, the Philadelphia Flyers found a way to gut out a win on the road, edging the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Saturday.
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Last night’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals wasn’t pretty on the scoreboard, and it wasn’t pretty on the ice. With the winner a foregone conclusion, a line-brawl erupted, sparked by a Wayne Simmonds hit. Flyers goaltender Ray…Read more →The post Flyers goaltender Ray Emery beats up unwilling combatant Braydon Holtby appeared first on The Hockey Daily.
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Line brawl plus Braden Holtby vs Ray Emery...A 5.07 GAA will make you do that. Crossing Broad had Emery's dopey post game comments in Ray Emery is an Asshole:Was there any conversation involved with Holtby at all?Yeah a little bit. I don’t remember. He didn’t want a fight but I said basically protect yourself. He didn’t really have much of a choice.Do you think the league...
This fight was huge, but the highlight was easily Flyers goalie Ray Emery beating up Caps netminder Braden Holtby.
The only problem is, Holtby had the last laugh, shutting out the Flyers and leading the Caps to a 7-0 win.
Ray Emery fights Braden Holtby as part of a line brawl during the Flyers 7-0 loss to the Capitals on Friday. Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com
The second period between the Flyers and Capitals seemed to
be rock bottom for the struggling Flyers. A 1-0 deficit grew to a 6-0 in 20
The entire franchise’s current state came to the forefront
of the game from the second intermission...
One night after the Flyers were thoroughly embarrassed by the Capitals ...
One night after Ray Emery shamed himself and the Flyers with his assault on Braden Holtby ...
One night after the Flyers plummeted to as low as you can go ...
They rebounded with a stunning, 1-0 victory against the Devils in a building that hasn't been very friendly to them since it opened - Prudential...
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After the Capitals' 7-0 shellacking of the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, which included Flyers goaltender Ray Emery attacking Braden Holtby, retired NHL pest and current radio host Mathew Barnaby took to Twitter to defend Emery.
Ray Emery fights Braden Holtby in the third period of Friday's loss to Washington. Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com
Joel Ward scored a hat trick Friday, while five other Capitals recorded
multiple points as the Capitals blanked the Flyers 7-0 in a game largely
shadowed by a third-period line brawl.
The Orange and Black held control of the game throughout its first 15