The Philadelphia Flyers “took the entire NHL game down a notch” last night against the Washington Capitals. I imagine this is what will be said all day today following the line brawl in Philadelphia last night. I am not from the liberal left of the hockey world and personally enjoy when a game goes yard sale. So I am not going to spend a blog talking about how awful that type of hockey is to watch. In fact below I will link to a few great fights out of the Metro Division vs a KHL brawl a few years ago and mention that this may be the tipping point for the Philadelphia Flyers.
When a game gets out of control and it did last night not only on the scoreboard but in the trenches of the game, this is the type of game where the Flyers end up in a line brawl. Get a coffee and enjoy the fights I have linked.
Philadelphia Flyers tired of being Whipping Boys of the Metro Division
The Metro Division is littered with teams that really don’t have a ton of love for each other. Does the average NHL fan want to see this kind of hockey and built-in rivalry in the making? Well I am Joe Average and I can attest that it is good old-time knuckles Hockey. Yes the fans like it and the NHL has nothing on the KHL when it comes to being out of control, so I am sure it will continue to be a part of hockey. The KHL example vs the NHL examples isn’t scientific by any means, it is just a way of looking at the type of behavior exhibited from two top professional hockey leagues.
This is an example of one of the largest brawls in the history of hockey – KHL
Three examples of teams in this Metro Division that have had games get out of control.
So when it comes the NHL Metro Division it looks like the Philadelphia Flyers are a team that are not being pushed around this year. This type of hockey that is the Flyers culture dating back to the Broad Street Bullies era.
Last nights Line Brawl – Philadelphia Flyers vs Washington Capitals
Ray Emery fights Braden Holtby – The Frustration Erupts
I am a firm believer this is a game that the Philadelphia Flyers will use to unite them at the core, and build towards some success. This Flyers team is in no shape to make the playoffs this year and will sit at the bottom of the division. The team needs to save face and begin to move forward and being the spoilers when they roll into New York to player the Rangers or even against the Penguins.
Ray Emery just may have sparked the team into a few wins in the coming weeks. When you look back at what Emery did in Ottawa when he took on the biggest toughest guy on the Buffalo Sabres a few years back, it was exactly what the Senators needed. That night Emery fought Andrew Peters in a game that became a total gong show as they say. The Senators had the label of a team full of young Swedish players that lack toughness and backbone. That season they had been a team being pushed around and it took Ray Emery stepping up to a tough guy to turn the corner for them.
Will the Flyers use the game against the Capitals last night as a turning point? Either way the Metro Division is still the most hotly contested group of teams in the NHL. This Metro Division might just end up leading the league in penalty minutes.
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