So, that happened.
On Friday night, the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers engaged in a brawl where everyone on the ice grabbed a partner.
About five minutes into the third period, the Capitals were running away with a 7-0 victory, and predictably, the Flyers got a bit frustrated. Wayne Simmonds threw a pair of hits, which led to Tom Wilson dropping the gloves with him. From there, the only things missing were the theme music from Rocky, and Neil Little flying through the air.
We’ve got video of the brawl below.
In total, 114 penalty minutes were assessed during the brawl, including game misconducts to five of the 12 players on the ice.
As you may have guessed, Twitter was active following the brawl, so we’ve got a brief selection of Tweets to bring you.
Hiding my @NHLFlyers jersey a little deeper in the closet after that debacle. Ray Emery forgot for a minute he's not actually Apollo Creed
— Jeff Holloway (@hollowayjeff31) November 2, 2013
It's not the 70's anymore @NHLFlyers
— Evan DiGennaro (@digs345) November 2, 2013
Ray Emery has got to be one of the most classless hockey players in the NHL. Embarrassed to consider myself a @NHLFlyers fan…
— Matthew Dolan (@matthewbdolan) November 2, 2013
Things aren’t always sunny in Philadelphia, apparently.
To make matters worse for the Flyers, they got the worst of the brawl in terms of injuries. According to multiple Tweets, Steve Downie, who was making his return to Philadelphia after being acquired from the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, suffered a concussion during his fight with Washington’s Aaron Volpatti. Downie has been rushed from the Wells Fargo Center to hospital for his injuries.
Meanwhile, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Lecavalier suffered facial injuries in his fight with Steven Oleksy. Both Lecavalier and Downie will be out for Saturday’s game against the New Jersey Devils in Newark.
In addition to the injuries, you have to think supplementary discipline won’t be too far behind. Despite being named the third star of the game, Emery may be one of the first to get a phone call from Brendan Shanahan, as he left his crease and skated the length of the ice to go after Holtby.
It will be interesting to see how everything shakes out, but I would expect players on both sides to miss some time, whether it’s due to injury or suspension.