They donít call them the Broad Street Bullies for nothing.
Immediately after Joel Ward scored his third goal of the night for his first career hat trick and put the Capitals up 7-0, fight night broke out at Wells Fargo Center. Four sets of players, including goaltenders Braden Holtby and Ray Emery, paired off in a mammoth third-period fracas.
Off the faceoff, Philadelphia winger Wayne Simmonds dropped the gloves with gritty rookie forward Tom Wilson for a bout that drew the attention of all the players on the ice. But as that scrap unfolded Emery raced from his crease down the ice to challenge Holtby, who clearly wanted to avoid the altercation but had no option when his counterpart lunged at him.