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Downie skated today but will not play...
Downie suffered a concussion in a fight with Aaron Volpatti of the Caps last week. You can watch the fight below if you missed it earlier.
from Anthony SanFilippo, the Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
Despite the terrible start. Despite the fragile confidence of the team, Giroux still remains steadfast that the team will figure it out and turn it around.
He’s more elaborate now with the assessment of what is wrong with the team, but at the same time he remains the fearless leader. He remains upbeat despite all his obstacles. He remains focused on figuring out what ails the team, even if he is sometimes part of that problem.
“We just have to start doing the right things out there,” he said. “If we start doing the right things then good things will happen. We still have  games left. There’s a long way to go. Patience is still key right now, because once we get rolling we’ll get plenty.”
Plenty of points. Plenty of goals. Plenty of confident players who don’t dread a one-goal deficit, or who don’t dwell on struggling to get past two scores in a game.
“We need to get points and we can’t fall too back in the standings. We’re not too far from a playoff spot. We need to stay positive. We’re a good team. Once we start believing it and playing like it we’re going to be a good team.”
via Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Captain Claude Giroux continued to struggle. He went without a goal for the 20th straight game over the last two seasons, and he was late on his defensive coverage in the final minute of regulation, enabling Jordan Staal to score the tying goal with 52.3 seconds left.
Giroux again claimed he was 100 percent healthy and that his preseason finger surgery was not affecting his play.
But it sure seems like it is.
Giroux won just 41 percent (12 of 29) of his faceoffs Tuesday.
Brendan Shanahan was on Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon and one of the topics discussed was the Ray Emery fight.
You can lsten to the full 16 minute interview with Shanahan here, then clicking on his picture. He also discussed going into the Hockey Hall of Fame and told a funny Scotty Bowman story.
Once Emery quickly got the upper hand in this fight and Holtby was incapacitated I would have grabbed/tied up Emery's punching arm and slipped my chest and body in front of the Flyer fighter and skated him backward with my legs driving quickly and forcefully. I would immediately talk with the player to get his mind distracted and his adrenaline under control.
At no time when a player was taking a severe beating would I stand on the sidelines and allow it to happen without intervening, nor would I waive players away from coming to the aid of their teammate that was placed in a position of peril. I would assess the appropriate penalties that resulted from a third-man-in.
-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read much more on this topic.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Several Flyers said their brawl in a blowout loss against Washington on Friday has unified the team and served as a much-needed spark and rallying cry.
The Flyers received lots of negative national coverage for the four simultaneously fights _ one in which Ray Emery pummeled the fellow goalie Braden Holtby, who didn’t want to participate. The fights occurred eight seconds after visiting Washington took a 7-0 third-period lead.
Left winger Scott Hartnell said the team “fed off” the brawl and it carried into Saturday’s 1-0 win in New Jersey, a game in which the Flyers (4-9) allowed just 14 shots and had no turnovers.
“Obviously, fighting is part of the game. It’s been a while since you see three or four fights in one stoppage and a goalie going down and attacking another team’s goalie,” Hartnell said after Monday’s practice in Voorhees. “People are all over Razor (Emery) for doing that. But look what he did. He played solid for us and got us a shutout. We were excited. Even though the crowd booed us the whole game, it felt like a win after that little scrum. We love it, fans love it here in Philly. It’s part of our heritage. We definitely fed off it. We gotta keep doing it. We can’t win one and lose two every time. It’s got to continue.”
via Pierre LeBrun tweets,
After looking at it and discussing it internally for last 24 hrs, NHL has decided not to suspend Ray Emery. Simply put ...
current rulebook as it stands doesn't back any suspension for this. Obviously league doesn't like what it saw last night but ...
there's just nothing in rulebook for supplemental discipline for that
So, who is the next goalie to do the same type of thing and not be subject to punishment?
You had the opportunity to watch the Flyers/Capitals fight earlier with the Philadelphia broadcasters calling the play, now let's see how the Washington crew handled it.
Flyers were losing 7-0 early in the 3rd period when this happened...
Boxscore from the battle is below.
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