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Flyers remember ’embarrassing,’ brawl-filled loss to Capitals, but downplay rematch

Dec 14, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

Even before Philadelphia’s game against Washington on Nov. 1, the Flyers were a frustrated team. So when it became clear that the Capitals were would blowout the Flyers, they imploded.

The two teams got into a massive brawl at 5:31 of the third period that involved Flyers goaltender Ray Emery skating the length of the ice to force Braden Holtby to fight him.

In total, the Flyers ended up with 99 penalty minutes while Washington accumulated 65. The scraps also sidelined Philadelphia’s Vinny Lecavalier (facial injuries) and Steve Downie (concussion) for a time.

Now the two teams will play each other twice over the span of three days, starting Sunday afternoon. Philadelphia is going into this with the memory of that blowout, but they don’t want to make too much out of the rematch.

“I don’t think there will be any carry over,” forward Jakub Voracek told CSN Philly. “We lost the game 7-0. Nothing you want to carryover from that.”

His comments weren’t an outlier in the Flyers’ lockerroom. Scott Hartnell figures that it will be a physical match, but said his team needs to focus on getting points.

For his part Emery isn’t sure if there will be any carry over, but he’s happy that Philadelphia has bounced back since that game. That loss put them at 3-9-0 on the season and while they certainly can’t be happy with how the campaign has gone, at least they’re within striking distance of a playoff spot.

Washington currently holds second place in the Metropolitan Division and has a six-point cushion over Philadelphia. This is a rare opportunity for the Flyers to make up a lot of ground all at once. That alone should be enough motivation for them.

  1. jpat2424 - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Yes the Flyers are embarrassing.

    • dcfan4life - Dec 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      Are the Flyers this year the most disappointing team so far in the NHL? I’d say so, so far at least.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        They went from a non playoff team to fighting for 7th 8th seed to make playoffs….I’d say they’re about the same. However, even though the Flyers haven’t won a cup since since 1975, guess who hasn’t won one at all? THAT’S disappointing my friend……..

      • dcfan4life - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

        This comment has absolutely no revelance to my question. But thanks for reminding everyone that most of the bloggers here have never seen a Caps or Flyers championship.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        You’re correct I should stick to recent disappointing things like the Redskins trading 3 #1 draft picks for a Robert Griffin….and this year your team will have to give the number 2 pick (in a draft FULL OF REAL QB’s) to St. Louis……again, disappointing.

      • flyerspsu - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        idk id say the Rangers are the biggest disappointment, they were a playoff team last year and have the same record as the Flyers right now, they also have a better team and the Flyers trending upwards a bit while the Rangers are in a huge slump

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    When the Flyers stay out of the box they are a solid two-way team. It seems that as soon as someone does something stupid it tends to snowball and the entire lineup starts up the “bully” mentality… they need to stay away from that against Washington. The last two games are perfect microcosm’s of the jekyll and hyde mentality. Against Chicago they started out playing smart physical hockey and they left the 1st period with a 1-0 lead. Then in the 2nd they took it too far and started taking dumb penalties, which seemed to snowball thru the entire lineup. Before they knew it they were down 5-2 and ended up getting embarrassed 7-2. The next night, against Montreal, they played smart physical hockey, limited the Habs to around 18 shots (before the final few minutes) and were in total control with a 2-0 lead (Habs scored in the final minute). They ended up on the PK just once and that discipline was the key to victory. It was a great win.

    If they play that kind of hockey in the back to back with Washington they have a chance to gain some huge ground in the Metro. No dumb penalties! When the Flyers are smart they look like a clear playoff team. Unfortunately they only seem to play that way half the time.

  3. flyerspsu - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    The problem with the Flyers is they simply arent that good an overrated a lot of their players, after Giroux who the hell is their 2nd best player? honestly the Flyers are just filled with 2nd line and 3rd line players, they need to make a big move or two

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