Goalies brawl during scrum between Caps and Flyers
PHILADELPHIA – In Philadelphia, the motto has always been, if you can’t beat ‘em … beat ‘em up.
That’s exactly what happened at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night in the Caps’ blowout win over the Flyers.
With the Capitals leading 7-0 in the third period, all hell broke loose in a brawl that included goalies Ray Emery and Braden Holtby chucking knuckles.
It all started after Joel Ward made tit 7-0 with his third goal of the night.
On the ensuing shift, with 5:31 gone in the final period, Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds took a run at Caps rookie Tom Wilson and the two dropped the gloves.
While they were fighting, Emery sprinted out of the Flyers crease and challenged Braden Holtby. Emery grabbed Holtby by the jersey and hammered him with a series of right hands as Holtby struggled to stay on his feet.
With Holtby defenseless, Capitals teammate Michael Latta tried skating over to aid his goalie but was sent away by referee Francois St. Laurent.
While Holtby was getting pummeled by Emery in the corner, Flyers center Bratden Schenn pulled the helmet off Caps defenseman Alex Urbom and fired away with punches to the 22-year-old Swede’s face.
That’s when Caps defenseman Steve Oleksy jumped Vinny Lecavalier and pounded away.
Emery received a two-minute instigator penalty and was tossed from the game for leaving his crease. Holtby stayed in the game and completed it.
For all of the craziness on the ice, Flyers coach Craig Berube and Capitals coach Adam Oates appeared to keep their composure on the bench.