The Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers squared off last night, and the Capitals dominated the game. With the Capitals up 7-0 against the Flyers, in Philadelphia, tensions finally boiled over and a line brawl broke out. After a dropped puck and maybe five seconds of play, Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds fought Capitals’ Tom Wilson.
It looked like it was going to be just the single fight until the Flyers’ goalie, Ray Emery raced down the ice to challenge Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. He didn’t want to fight, but Emery was dead set on fighting,
“He didn’t want to fight, but I basically said, ‘Protect yourself,’” Emery said, via ESPN.
That fight started the line brawl. Emery quickly got the upper-hand on Holtby and surprisingly none of his Capitals teammates tried to break it up. At one point the players shifted over that direction and more fights began to break out.
The brawl resulted in a total of 114 penalty minutes between the two teams. The Flyers, and the instigators, racked up 99 penalty minutes. The Capitals received 65 minutes for their role.
“As a group, I think it’s a frustrating night,” Emery said. “Fans are frustrated, and we don’t accept that. I think frustration sometimes shows that way.”
“It’s embarrassing to be playing in front of our fans and losing 7-0,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. “It’s not acceptable and we need to figure it out.”