WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – “That’s a disgrace! Ray Emery, a disgrace what he just did!”
That was the initial reaction from Caps play-by-play announcer John Walton Friday night, when Flyers goalie Ray Emery left the crease and raced the length of the ice to force Caps goalie Braden Holtby to engage him in fisticuffs.
Battle doesn’t quite describe the scene.
As the Caps led Philly 7-0 with about 15 minutes to play in regulation, the first fight flared up when Tom Wilson and Flyer Wayne Simmonds let ’em fly. The second, when Emery demanded Holtby fight him.
“He didn’t want to fight and I basically said, ‘Protect yourself,’ ” Emery said, according to Katie Carrera. “He didn’t really have much of a choice.”
What’s more troubling, was referee Francois St.Laurent waving off Holtby’s teammates as they attempted to rush to his rescue.[tweet https://twitter.com/JoshYohe_Trib/status/396504107948580864 width=”420″] [tweet https://twitter.com/Daley024/status/396514937767739392 width=”420″]
And before you know it, both lines were engaged in hand-to-hand combat as the rink transformed into
a battlefield the Roman Coliseum, with the roar of the packed Philadelphia crowd urging on the violence.
This was a war.
“Braden Holtby did everything he could to walk away and should get no penalty time for it, if they saw anything,” Walton shouted. “And Ray Emery should get a match penalty for that. Left the crease, hit him undefended. Suspend that guy! Suspend him right now! Disgraceful, what Ray Emery just did!”
D.C. Sports Bog has Walton’s outraged call.[tweet https://twitter.com/kcarrera/status/396444943272906752 width=”420″]
The Caps would go on to win, 7-0. Holtby would not speak to reporters afterward.
Emery was voted the third star of the game.
He gave up four goals on fifteen shots.