With competitive hockey no longer an option by the third period, the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals staged a wild brawl on Friday night that included a brutal showdown between goalies Ray Emery and Braden Holtby. The melee erupted just seconds after Capitals winger Joel Ward finished off his hat trick to extend his team's lead to 7-0 in the third period.
By the time that order was restored at the Wells Fargo Center center, eight players had earned themselves fighting majors, reported NHL.com. In addition to his major, Emery, picked up two minors, a misconduct and a game misconduct.
After his team's 7-0 loss was complete, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he was "probably" fine with his team's behavior in defeat.
"When you're getting slapped around like that [on the scoreboard], it's a response," Holmgren said, via Philly.com. "Do I have an issue with it? Probably not. It's a response from an embarrassed hockey team."
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