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."
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 capt...