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Emery's Actions Against Holtby Were Unacceptable

Often times, a well-placed fight can change the momentum in a game.

But when it's a 7-0 game, there is no momentum to change. And when it's one goalie senselessly beating on another goalie, it isn't well-placed at all.

That's exactly what happened between Ray Emery and Braden Holtby.

Just eight seconds after Joel Ward's hat trick put Washington up, 7-0, a line brawl ensued that began with Wayne Simmonds dropping the gloves with Tom Wilson.

While those two battled, Emery raced down the ice and challenged Holtby to drop the gloves. Unfortunately for Holtby, he never really dropped his gloves and Emery continually beat on him.

(Photo: Ray Emery "fights" Braden Holtby in the third period of Friday's 7-0 loss to Washington. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capitals Demolish Flyers

No Ovechkin? No problem.

The Washington Capitals, powered by a Joel Ward hat trick, rolled over the Philadelphia Flyers 7-0 in a seemingly effortless performance from the home team. Perhaps the most passion from the Flyers came in a third period line brawl, totaling 114 penalty minutes.

(Photo: Flyers and Capitals brawl in the third period. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Mason Shining Despite Season's Dim Start

Amidst the worst start to a season in Flyers franchise history (1-7-0), silver linings have been hard to come by, but one unexpected player has silenced critics early in the young season.

Coming into the season, the Flyers planned to split the goaltending duties between Steve Mason, who the Flyers traded for back on April 3, and offseason acquisition Ray Emery.

While Emery struggled in the two games he started against Montreal and Detroit, Mason has done the opposite and shown that he is capable of winning the full time starting job.

(Photo: Goalie Steve Mason makes a save against the Penguins on Thursday. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Wheels Too Hot For Flyers

The Detroit Red Wings, who actually boasted a power play worse than the Flyers, put on a clinic with the man-advantage and it paid off.

Detroit scored three power play goals and absolutely dominated a slow and sloppy Flyers team, 5-2, Saturday in Detroit. The Flyers gave up seven power play opportunities and it killed momentum much of the game.

The Red Wings got three-point efforts from four of their players. Nicklas Kronwall (goal, two assists), Pavel Datsyuk (goal, two assists), Henrik Zetterberg (two goals, assist) and Daniel Alfredsson (three assists) all put on star performances.

(Photo: Flyers winger Tye McGinn tries to play a puck in the first. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Gameday at Montreal: Habs, Briere Host Flyers

The Flyers begin a back-to-back road stretch in Montreal tonight. It is also the first time Danny Briere will play against the Flyers since being bought-out over the summer.

Five Flyers Questions for the 2013-14 Season

The start of a new season brings with it countless questions for all 30 teams.

Some questions will be answered right away while others may take all season or even longer. In Philadelphia, the Flyers are no different.

Without further ado, here are five questions facing the Flyers this 2013-14 season.

(There will be pressure on the Flyers forwards to score this season, including a repeat performance from Jakub Voracek [front] and a break out season from Matt Read [back]. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line.)

Five changes & five questions as the Blackhawks start the new season

It seems like just yesterday that the Blackhawks were skating triumphantly on Boston ice, raising Lord Stanley aloft for the second time in four seasons.

Tuesday night, the summer comes full circle as the puck drops on a new season, and the Blackhawks raise their fifth Stanley Cup banner to the rafters at the United Center.

Let's look back at the moves the Blackhawks made this summer, and ahead to the 2013-2014 season.

FIVE CHANGES THE BLACKHAWKS MADE THIS SUMMER

1. Dave Bolland, Daniel Carcillo, and Michael Frolik were traded out of town. These two moves freed up several million in cap space, and gave the Blackhawks the ability to resign so...

2013 Flyers Preview: Goalies

The Philadelphia Flyers goaltending situation will look a tad different this season.

After amnestying the contract Ilya Bryzgalov, Paul Holmgren signed veteran Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery to pair up with last season's backup netminder Steve Mason.

A change of scenery seemed to be necessary for Bryzgalov, who remains unsigned by a team at any level.

At the moment, it appears that there will be a timeshare in net with both Mason and Emery seeing a very large amount of time. Mason will likely see 60 percent of the action as he did do an admirable job for the Flyers late last season.

Gill Auditioning For Place On Flyers Blue Line

Free agent defenseman Hal Gill knows the reality of the situation he's in.

Playing on a player tryout, Gill left a good impression on the Flyers in their 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers at home on Tuesday. Gill registered an assist, was a plus-1 and had four blocked shots.

"I think in a normal situation when you have a contract you’re just worried about progressing and getting ready every game," Gill said. "In this situation I wanted to speed up the process, but it was good.

"It’s nice to get out there and be competitive and play. I felt good. It’s preseason where you are still learning a new system and timing needs to get there, but it is nice to get out there.”

Top 10 games to look forward to on the Blackhawks' calendar

The Chicago Blackhawks open their championship-defending season on Tuesday, October 1st versus the Washington Capitals. Needless to say, that game will be the number one ticket on Blackhawks' fans lists when regular season single-game tickets go on sale Monday morning, as Chicago has earned the right to raise a handful of banners that night - tops among them, the 2013 Stanley Cup banner.

Three years ago, Capitals forward Troy Brouwer stood on the Blackhawks side of the ice, part of the 2010 Cup-winning team. Now he will return on the visitors' side, as part of a team that is still chasing their first Cup since being founded in 1974. The team will be hungry to mak...