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Get your game notes: Capitals at Flyers

Dec 17, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

Emery and Holtby fight Getty Images

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the Washington Capitals starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Flyers host the Capitals for the first time since Nov. 1. The 7-0 score matched the Flyers’ worst home defeat since the Oct. 21, 1971 (Los Angeles), and was the Capitals’ largest margin of victory in a road shutout since Oct. 29, 1991 (Pittsburgh, 8-0). The two teams combined for 164 penalty minutes, highlighted by a goalie fight between Ray Emery and Braden Holtby.

• Since he entered the NHL in 2005-06, Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin has seven game-tying goals in the final minute of regulation, more than any other player. Two of those goals came in the past week: vs. Tampa Bay on Dec. 10 (goal scored at 19:27 of the third period) and vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 15 (19:12). The Capitals eventually won both of those games in shootouts. (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Alex Ovechkin has seven multi-goal games this season, as many as the Flyers team combined. (Tye McGinn, Vincent Lecavalier, Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn, Matt Read – 2, Sean Couturier)

• Flyers center Claude Giroux needs two goals to reach the 100-goal milestone for his NHL career. The second-year captain has scored nine goals in 18 games vs. Washington, his best goals-per-game average vs. any team (minimum seven games).

• The Capitals have won a league-high eight games in the shootout in 2013-14 (8-3 record), but all three of their losses have come on the road (2-3). The Flyers are one of only two teams (St. Louis) that have not gone to a shootout on home ice this season.

• On Sunday, Flyers winger Michael Raffl became only the second Philadelphia rookie to register three assists on the road in the past 20 seasons. (Matt Read was the other, during the 2011-12 season.) The 2014 Olympic hopeful for Austria had only three assists coming into the game. (Elias Sports Bureau)

• The Flyers have been penalized an NHL-high 200 times this season and been shorthanded 138 times this season (2nd-most in the NHL). They have killed 115 of those opportunities while a man short (T-most, with Los Angeles). The Capitals’ power-play efficiency (24.4%) ranks 2nd in the league.

• When Capitals winger Troy Brouwer and Flyers wingers Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek all played in their 400th career games on Sunday, it marked the first time in the modern era that a trio of players in the same game hit the 400-game milestone. Mikhail Grabovski, who missed the game due to flu-like symptoms, is hopeful to play career game #400 tonight. (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Since he entered the NHL in 2007-08, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is tied for fourth among all players for most assists, and second in power-play assists.


  1. patthehockeyfan - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    You describe it as a ‘goalie fight.’ From what I saw, it was one goalie throwing punches (Ray “Boom Boom” Emery) and another goalie (Braden Holtby) taking cover.

    It’s still one of the most shameful things I’ve seen in hockey, and certainly not the ‘highlight’ as described in the story. More like an all time ‘lowlight.’

    I hope the Flyers keep Emery on the bench tonight and start Mason.

  2. vbcaps - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Although I’m biased as a caps fan, the refs def dropped the ball on the goalie fight. They should of stepped in much sooner, holtby was down and defenseless and Emery kept throwing punches

    If you watch the reply, a caps player is standing right there and starts pointing at the fight yelling at the ref to break it up

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      I’m not a biased Caps’ fan, and, to a certain extent, you’re right. The referee, though, doesn’t get into the middle of fights. That’s the linesmen’s job, and they were tied up trying to break up the rest of the fights on the ice at the same time.

      In any case, Sugar Ray Emery (an amateur boxer, and ‘Sugar Ray’ is one of his nicknames) should have, at the minimum, been penalized. Holtby told him he didn’t want to fight. Emery reportedly then told Holtby to get down and protect himself.

      As I wrote above, it was shameful, made worse by watching it unfold live. I was ill.

  3. montrealbbr - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    They should have never let Emery do what he did. That is the type of thing that needs to be cleaned up. I am expecting that there will be lots of fights in this game too and that Philly will be the main cause of those fights starting.

  4. mcphillthy - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Well….. I don’t know what to say because I don’t know which flyers team will show up tonight. Time to roll a blunt and have a xanax ready

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