We will end up talking about the Flyers vs Capitals game a lot in this column. But we will start with Ray Emery’s actions. Here’s a guy who has had suspension and discipline problems in the past who went out of the way to make himself look like a jerk. While no suspension is coming, there should have been, at least Gary Bettman is considering changing the NHL rulebook. There should also be one for the referee. First off the fight happened near center ice away from the goalies. Normally goalies don’t get involved unless the brawl happens around them and they somehow get pushed into it or take offense to something. Next, if they do end up fighting, the goalies meet in center ice which wasn’t the case here. Even after Emery skated all the way down to the ice Braden Holtby declined to fight. Emery didn’t care and went after him anyway. At the end of the fight Holtby’s knee was on the ice and Emery still pummeled him. The ref’s job is to stop a defenseless player from getting hit even more. This rule applies to all skaters. I don’t care what the rulebook says, common sense says Emery and the ref both deserve to be punished. I’m for fighting but only between willing combatants, which is what almost every fight is.

Things I like

1. The Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins both had huge wins this week. The Penguins beat the Bruins, in a high intensity game, in the fist meeting between the teams since the Penguins were swept in Eastern Conference Finals. Marc-Andre Fleury, who has been playing well, made a glorious save at the end, reminiscent of his Stanley Cup winning save a few years ago. The Ducks came back from a 0-2 hole on the road and eeked out a 3-2 victory against the Flyers but they also lost another player, Teemu Selanne. But the win was one of the character building variety that a championship team needs.

2. What can’t you say about Jean-Sebastien Giguere this season? He’s 36 but you wouldn’t know it. He’s playing like it’s 2007 all over again. He currently has 4 wins in 4 games, half of those shutouts, with a 0.75 GAA and a .977 SV%. On the negative side former starting goalie Semyon Varlamov was arrested for a domestic dispute and while I won’t comment on that it does mean that Giguere moves into the number one role. He should be able to handle it but whether he can keep up his level of play with more of the workload remains to be seen.

3. Stop the presses the Rangers have now won 3 in a row and by a cumulative score of 10-3. Derek Stepan also had a hat trick against the Hurricanes. Better yet they played all three games at home finally. Technically 1 of the games was at the Islanders but is that really a road game? Now that the Rangers are finally home the season officially starts for them. They have two big games at home against the Ducks and Penguins next.

Things I don’t

1. I think if you can sum up the Philadelphia Flyers in a word after they lost to the Blackhawks in the Finals, the word wouldn’t be anything pleasant. They did manage to make it to the 2nd round in the following two seasons but they won a grand total of 1 of the 9 games in which they played. They didn’t make it last season and it’s highly unlikely they will make it this year. They fired a good coached, they’ve ruined their team through the draft and free agency and they still play a dirty classless style. The line brawl video below is just icing on the cake. If the Flyers resemble anything it would be the Titanic. On the plus side, it’s possible that after a decade search they finally found their goalie in Steve Mason. Of course if I was him, I’d take a one way ticket out of town.

2. I think if you can sum up the Edmonton Oilers season thus far you would say, disappointing and not heading in the right direction. Their goaltending is atrocious except for Richard Bachman’s 47 save performance against the Kings which ended up being a loss in the shootout. Taylor Hall is injured, nobody has more than 4 goals and Nail Yakupov is struggling. None of the top 10 scorers on the team has a positive +/- either.

Ryan Miller Watch

Nothing new on the Ryan Miller front but you can feel it’s getting ever so closer. You have to feel for him as he stopped 44 shots and yet still notched another loss, this time against the Rangers. He won’t be on the Sabres past Christmas.

Fights of the Week

Special thanks to hockeyfights.com for making this section a little easier to do.

Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers Line Brawl

Well I’m sure you’ve all seen it by now but here it is again. Poor Braden Holtby.

Joe Vitale vs Brett Sutter

A good back and forth scrap.

Frazer McLaren vs Brian McGrattan

A good fight between heavyweights until McGrattan just pummels him at the end.

Goat of the Week

Dan Girardi – New York Rangers

The only somewhat goat like play I could find is when Peter Regin shoots a puck that bounces and slightly gets batted in by Dan Girardi. But the Rangers ended up winning so he’s not really a goat but I couldn’t find anything else, so just go with it.

Stat Line of the Week

10/24/13 Washington 7 vs. Philadelphia 0

Skater

TOI

G

A

+/-

SOG

PIM

Hits

J. Ward

17:35

3

0

3

5

0

0

Joel Ward had a hat trick as he paced the Capitals in the demolition of the Flyers. The game was so bad the goalies decided to brawl as you saw above. This was a big win for the Capitals though, as they did it without Alex Ovechkin.

Numbers, Numbers

568 – Shots against the Sabres, worst in the league though they have played 16 games
552 – Shots against the Maple Leafs, 2nd worst but they have played 1 less game
30 – Shot differential between the Kings (48) and Oilers (18) on Monday night
326 – Shots against the Devils least in the league with 13 games played
52 – Blocked shots by Andrew MacDonald, way above his normal pace and tops in the league

This Week in Hockey History

Special thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame site for making this section a little easier to do.

October 28, 2000 Buffalo’s Dominik Hasek recorded his 200th career NHL victory when Miroslav Satan and Dave Andreychuk scored 56 seconds apart in the second period in the Sabres 3-1 win at Chicago.

October 29, 1991 Don Beaupre became the Washington Capitals’ All-Time leader in career shutouts, with his ninth in a Washington uniform, in an 8-0 win at Pittsburgh.

October 30, 1957 Detroit goaltender Terry Sawchuk got a shutout as the Red Wings beat the Rangers 4-0 at New York. It was Sawchuk’s 69th career shutout.

October 31, 1987 Chicago Blackhawks’ set a team record with two shorthanded goals twelve seconds apart, early in the third period in a 6-5 loss at Toronto. Troy Murray and Denis Savard scored to set the mark.

November 01, 1986 Al Secord scored his 4th career hat trick, and Steve Larmer picked up four assists as the Blackhawks won 6-5, at Minnesota. Dino Ciccarelli had two goals and two assists for the North Stars.

November 02, 1969 Vic Hadfield scored his second career hat trick as the Rangers beat St. Louis 6-4 at MSG.

November 03, 1986 Joel Otto scored his first career hat trick as the Flames extended their home undefeated streak against Los Angeles to 8 straight games (7-0-1) with a 4-2 win over the Kings.

Rankings

The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.

Top 5
1. San Jose
2. Colorado
3. Chicago
4. Anaheim
5. Pittsburgh

Bottom 5
30. Buffalo
29. Philadelphia
28. Edmonton
27. Florida
26. New Jersey

Alex Mueller

Author: Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller graduated from Temple University with a minor in journalism over a decade ago. He’s been writing about NHL hockey, on and off, since the Fall of 2009. He’s written for Pucking Awesome, the Checking Line and now Hockey Recaps. He played goalie at San Diego Ice Arena. His first novel, Bobby Sterling vs Truth, is available on Amazon now.

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We will end up talking about the Flyers vs Capitals game a lot in this column. But we will start with Ray Emery's actions. Here's a guy who has had suspension and discipline problems in the past who went out of the way to make himself look like a...