The Philadelphia Flyers were supposed to be Stanley Cup contenders this season. Instead, it looks like they've gone the goon route in trying to resurrect something worthwhile from a season that's quickly spiraling out of control.
In the closing minutes of Friday's 7-0 loss to the Alex Ovechkin-less Washington Capitals, frustrations seemingly reached a boiling point for the Flyers.
After former King Wayne Simmonds made a couple of hard body checks on Capitals players, a on-ice brawl ensued between the teams.
Not even the goalies were spared as former Ducks netminder Ray Emery -- now with the Flyers -- scrambled across the ice to fight a hesitant-looking Braden Holtby, who took quite the beating. Emery received a fight-instigator penalty and a game misconduct.
Still, it wasn't a total loss for Emery. Incredibly, he was named the third star of the game despite the game misconduct and a .733 save percentage.
Gooning it up like this might have worked for the Charlestown Chiefs, but in the modern NHL it's merely a sign of desperation. Unless the Flyers find a way to turn things around -- and they have the talent to do so -- this brawl could quickly fade away in the fog of a disappointing season.
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