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 have criticized NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for not using the considerable latitude of his power to punish Emery severely (Emery received no supplemental discipline).
Both are worthy of discussion, but on Monday, Coyotes goalie coach Sean Burke, who spent 19 years as a goaltender in the NHL, pointed the finger squarely at the greatest offender.
"There's a great story in Ray Emery coming back from injury and all the things he's overcome to crawl back in the league, so give credit where credit is due," Burke said of the Flyers backup who resurrected his career last season as a successful backup for the Stanley C...