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Video of the Flyers-Capitals line brawl (includes goalie fight)

Nov 2, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

NHL: Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers

The Washington Capitals embarrassed the Flyers on their home ice on Friday night, a 7-0 shutout at the Wells Fargo Center. That was without Alexander Ovechkin by the way, the reigning NHL MVP a scratch due to an upper-body injury.

With the loss, the Flyers dropped to 3-9-0 on the season, their six points good for last place in the Metro Division—only the Buffalo Sabres have fewer overall. That should do it for game analysis.

If you can’t beat ‘em… beat ‘em up. With the game thoroughly out of hand early in the third period, the Flyers suddenly became the Bullies again. One round of fisticuffs broke out, and that quickly devolved into a line brawl—the latter starting because Ray Emery picked a goalie fight. Here’s Sarah Baicker’s recap of events:

Wayne Simmonds and Tom Wilson had just dropped the gloves, the result of a clean hit by Simmonds on Steve Oleksy. Emery then left his crease, skated the length of the ice and let loose on Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, who had made it clear he wanted absolutely nothing to do with a fight.

“He didn’t want a fight,” Emery said after the game. “But I said, basically, ‘protect yourself.’ He didn’t really have much of a choice.”

It sounds like Emery was being kind of a dick. The referees agreed, slapping him with two minutes for instigating.

Two more fights broke out, with Brayden Schenn taking on Alexander Urbom while Vinny Lecavalier went toe-to-toe with Steve Oleksy. That didn’t turn out so well for Lecavalier, who reportedly may miss games with a facial injury as a result of the fight.

We enjoy a good, clean fight like most hockey fans, but one could certainly make the case this was completely unnecessarily. If nothing else, it may have cost the Flyers their leading scorer for awhile.

>> Fighting belongs in hockey; Emery’s actions don’t [CSN]

  1. brandonphilly - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    I’d rather see them act like a bunch of bonehead goons, then to take a beating like that with their tail between their legs and accept that Ass-whipping. They had a right to be mad; at themselves, the refs, the Caps, whomever. Emery whooped up on Holtby and Lecavalier is out for month. Instant Karma? It doesn’t matter. It wasn’t good or bad, it just was.

    • mac - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      yeah just what the flyers need! a coke sniffing goon goalie to skate around the ice beating people up. that’ll win us a game.

      • Kirk Lazarus - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        That goon goalie was 17-1 last year with a 1.94 GAA.

      • Jay D - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        he was 17-1 because he played for a good tea….excuse me stanley cup champions

  2. T800m101 - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    That brawl at the end was awesome. Great to watch Emery pound on the squirming Holty, hahahaha!

  3. BenE. - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    It’s something like this that a team can rally around.

    The alternative was to continue playing like heartless sacks of shit with no soul and even less pride. The game was over at that point, and the Caps were running up the score. Time to vent some anger and hopefully rally around it for the next game.

    Simmonds and Rinaldo kept playing hard until the final buzzer. They were crashing the net and trying to get just one measly goal for the team. I really admire their effort. The rest of the team can take a few cues from Simmonds and Rinaldo last night.

    The injuries to Downie (separate incident) and Vinny are unfortunate, however. That’s the price of playing hockey, though. They are men.

    • mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Exactly. That was awesome how after all the fights, the Flyers stormed back and scored 4 goals. They still came up short. But they never gave up. You know they cut the lead to 7-4, but it really shows how that fight sparked the team.

      • BenE. - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        A big fight can unify a team going forward. Accepting a blowout on home ice with a “please and thank you” would have been far more troubling from a team standpoint.

    • MJS - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Downie’s fight was justified. At the end of the day though, he’s out for awhile because he got his ass kicked by an inferior player and fighter.

      How is the team going to “rally around” this? What Emery did is worthy of a suspension discussion (not my words). It was entertaining as hell, but everything outside of the Downie and Simmonds fights was worthless. Those fights were out of frustration. No message was sent. When pretty much everyone is calling what happened an embarrassment, and they are not referring to a 7-0 loss, you know it’s a problem.

      The Flyers are now out two first line wingers (Downie indefinitely, Vinny til Tuesday), who are also their leading scorers, and loss 7-0. There is ZERO silver lining here, outside of it being fun to watch the fights.

      I do agree that Simmer and Rinaldo played hard the entire game and no one can doubt their effort. If the refs don’t call that stupid penalty on Rinaldo and he is able to fight Volpatti at some point in the 2nd (instead of being the box for 10 minutes), then this discussion doesn’t happen.

  4. mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Last night was the birth of the Steve Downie Hat Trick- Miss an easy goal, instigate a fight, end up in the hospital.

    • BenE. - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Making fun of the first Flyer to say “enough is enough” when Read was slewfooted by Volpatti? Because Downie was the first guy to actually stand up for his team last night. They were getting blown out at home, and until that point, no one on the team cared.

      But I supposed you’d prefer the Flyers silently tip toed away like a bunch of pussies.

      • mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Yep. I am making fun of him because he got his ass kicked and he sucks.

        How about if your team is getting blown out at home, you score a frigging goal?

        How does getting your ass handed to you in a brown paper bag help the team? The Caps then went and scored a power play goal to make it 5-0. How did that help the team?

      • The Saint - Nov 2, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        “But I supposed you’d prefer the Flyers silently tip toed away like a bunch of pussies.”

        Actually, most fans would’ve preferred the Flyers showing some of that anger, energy and heart after the Caps scored their first goal. You know, maybe winning a puck battle along the boards, or not coughing up the puck in front of your own goalie, or creating your own offense and putting a decent shot on net.

        You know, things that can actually contribute to a win.

        I’d say the Flyers’ inability to any of those things consistently is much more troubling from a team standpoint.

  5. Hopson - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    As others were saying last night I’d rather the Flyers go out in a blaze of glory than tuck tail and run away embarrassed. they were going to lose anyway, so why not send a message to the Caps. Hopeully the rest of the team looks like they wanna be there in NJ tonight.

  6. mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I just want to let everyone know I am a gigantic, blubbering vagina.

    • T800m101 - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Thank you for your honesty, mike. Now I won’t be so hard on you.

    • mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Yep, T800, and I’m the only vagina you will be interacting with for a long, long time.

  7. Tim - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I can see the arguments for both sides about what Emery did but no one else was showing any fight and Emery was frustrated. Simonds had the right idea going after everyone and anyone on that shift. Emery was hung out to dry by the team in front of him, so he sent a message to the team that they need to get it together pronto. This was old time hockey. They were gonna lose anyway so I don’t see a problem with what happened.

    • mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      I don’t know, maybe Emery could have tried stopping a puck? Maybe that would have helped the team.

      He blocked more shots during the 30 second fight than he did during 22 minutes on the ice.

  8. DOOPerman - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    The only “pussies” on the ice were the Caps players who failed to come to the aid of their GOALIE. I realize goalies rarely fight, but how could Holtby not see Emery coming down the ice, especially with everyone in his end and no one at center ice or further. Also, once engaged Holtby should have manned up and just went for it…none of this “oh no please no don’t hurt me god save me” bullshit. You’re a goalie, suppose to be one of the tougher players on the ice. You stand in front of a frozen puck getting shot 80+ MPH, but you wont have a 15-20 second fight? Come on man!

    • ochospantalones - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Sure tough guy, you go fight Ray Emery and let us know how it goes.

      • DOOPerman - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        If I was a professional athlete, and an opposing player came up to me trying to fight id throw bows no matter who it is. Its call PRIDE…try taking your head out of your ass and get some.

    • MJS - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Yes because blindly swinging at someone who knows how to fight and opening yourself up would have been so wise.

      • DOOPerman - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Its a fucking hockey fight, not a MMA cage match. Either way his team should have come to his aid which is why they are the pussies. DUR.

  9. Earl - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Great game by the Flyers. I coach youth hockey. And this is what I always teach my kids. If you are losing the game, just start punching people.

    • T800m101 - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      In the midget and junior levels, you better start sending other teams messages if you’re losing like this. That’s for sure.

      • Earl - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        It’s the pregame speech I give all my kids- “What would Dez Bryant do?”

  10. ochospantalones - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    The response to this embarrassing spectacle is why the Flyers will never win anything. The organization and all of the fans are still stuck in the 70′s and 80′s. Losing one of your only skilled players in order to prove a useless point- brilliant. In a competent organization, heads would roll, instead this probably buys Homer a week or two more as GM before they can him.

  11. Slasher - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Am i pleased with any of the events last night or in this season? Absolutely not. Its been disgracegul. But down 7-0, what would you rather they do? All of would rather not be in this situation, but the team’s job is to get out of it, not pout and go “we suck”

    • mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      How does losing 2 guys from the top line help?

      • Slasher - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        It doesnt, but when downie and vinny dropped the gloves, do you think they did it with the inention of getting hurt? They tried (and failed) to do something that might slowly start to turn things around.

  12. mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Did anybody see this video from last night? The Denver Nuggets mascot, Rocky, did an impression of the 2013-14 Philadelphia Flyers.

    • mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Just to let everyone know, that was me in the “rocky” suit.

      • mike - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM

        Way to go T800. So in an earlier post, you claim you are highly intelligent, yet here you are using the 1998 AOL chatroom tactic of posting under somebody else’s name to make lame jokes. Do you know about the Dunning-Kruger effect?

        I also like how you use firefox, chrome and IE to vote for your own posts. Very clever,

    • T800m101 - Nov 3, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      I don’t “vote” for my own posts, you moron. You just can’t handle the fact that more people agree with me and that I know what I’m talking about. You don’t, unfortunately, and that’s a shame. You should really learn the game before you start talking out of your anus…..again.

  13. BenE. - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Ray Emery gets the shutout.

  14. 1975 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Nineteen! Seventy Five!

    • T800m101 - Nov 3, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      1975, what a great year it was.

      • 1975 - Nov 3, 2013 at 7:33 AM

        Yep! And the last time the Flyers won a Cup!

    • T800m101 - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Ya don’t say? That makes it a great year, then.

  15. Jay D - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Only problem i have with the fight (team fight) was emery…
    Holtby didnt want anything to do with him…. and he pretty much just assaulted him.

    Picture a boxer coming running at you saying lets go…hell no im not gonna fight you

    Hey they played a full 60 min against the devils…


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