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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Capitals-Flyers line brawl leads to goalie fight (Video)

If there’s one thing that most hockey fans can agree on, it’s that goalie fights are about as good as it gets. And that’s what the fans saw on Friday night in Philadelphia during the Flyers’ 7-0 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Ray Emery Braden Holtby fightFrustrated over getting blown out, Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds laid a couple of hard hits after the faceoff following the Caps’ seventh goal of the game. Simmonds’ physical play led to an entire line brawl between the Caps and Flyers that got extra interesting when Philly goalie Ray Emery charged the length of the ice to challenge Braden Holtby to a fight. Holtby wisely didn’t want any part of Emery, but he relented and got pummeled.

A total of 114 penalty minutes were handed out in the game — 99 to Philadelphia, and 65 for Washington.

What did Emery say about the fight with Holtby after the game?

“I basically told him to protect himself. I gave him a chance to protect himself,” he said via Frank Seravalli of the Philly Daily News.

And then there was this gem from Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo:

After seeing that beatdown, most would agree.

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