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Video: Goalies brawl in wild Caps-Flyers melee

Nov 1, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT

Philadelphia was 3-8-0 going into tonight’s contest against the Washington Capitals. The Flyers quickly fell behind 3-0, which led to starting goaltender Steve Mason being pulled.

And then things actually got worse.

With superstar Alex Ovechkin on the sidelines, the Flyers surrendered goal after goal in what has turned into a massive blowout defeat at home. Tempers finally boiled over to the point where the Flyers engaged in a massive brawl at 5:31 of the third period.

Even netminder Ray Emery, who replaced Mason, got in the action by picking a fight with Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. Emery got an instigator penalty, a five-minute major for fighting, and a game misconduct for his actions.

Goalie brawls are rare, but this isn’t even the first time Emery has dropped his glove. He also participated on a fight in 2007 when he was still with the Ottawa Senators, which you can see below:

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  1. cspsrbums - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    @7mantal if you know the rules of the game your not allowed to get involved as the 3rd man in. That’s like coming off the bench it is frowned on by the NHL

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      If you knew the rules you wouldn’t tell others “if they knew the rules” when you’re wrong.

      Coming off the bench for a fight is automatic 10 games
      3rd man in is a game misconduct, at the refs discretion

  2. cspsrbums - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    @7mantal also he really looked like a willing particapent he standing and backing away with his glove and locker on. Don’t try and justify there actions clown

  3. mc321984 - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I love watching Emery hang on for dear life as Peters thumps him

  4. northstarnic - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Emery deserves a long suspension. What a joke.

  5. imnotyourbuddyguy - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    “I don’t always start fights, but when I do, I pick them with people who don’t want to fight”

  6. whammy71 - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I love how the announcer said “Vinny really held his own……”

    Ha ha ha ha!!!!!!

    Enjoy your crappy season!

    • shortsxit34 - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      Vinny’s jaw probably disagrees.

  7. kmular - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Comparisons to DiPietro/Johnson are asinine: 1: DiPietro skated to meet Johnson, 2: Johnson stopped punching

  8. joeyg88 - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Emery is a disgrace. I wish I was on the ice with that shine

  9. jwmcdonald86 - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Lots of crying here, folks. Frustration built up and reached a boiling point. Any team with a pulse that is getting pounded 7-0 is going to make some type of statement. I do not have a problem with Emery skating the length of the ice to fight, I do however, believe the officials should’ve broken it up if Holtby was unwilling to go. I have bigger issues with the reckless boarding plays I’ve seen consistently league-wide.

    • nicknyhc - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Thank you. You’re the voice of reason in this discussion.

    • drewsylvania - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      It all depends on whether you think fights cause concussions. Downie just got one from a fight in the same game.

      • flavadave10 - Nov 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        I think they certainly can. Repeated blows to the back of the head definitely can cause concussions. And don’t compare Downie-Volpatti to Holtby-Emery. Downie was a very willing combatant. Holtby wanted nothing to do with Emery.

    • drewsylvania - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      And we as fans have the right to complain when some team goes all sour-grapes-Cobra-Kai like spoiled children when they’re not getting their way.

  10. oldtimeminder - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Well, with a GAA of almost 3.6 and a save percentage of .870, maybe Mr. Emery should work more on his goaltending and less on his right hook.

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