When a line brawl broke out between the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals last Friday night, the Flyers saw their goalie get thrown out of the game and their current leading scorer get hurt in his fight. The Flyers received some good news because Vinny Lecavalier is set to return to the lineup tomorrow night when the team plays the Carolina Hurricanes. Ray Emery's actions during the line brawl may be bringing a new rule into consideration.
The Flyers saw two of their players leave the game early with injuries due to their respective fights. Steve Downie left after getting hit with a hard punch just under his left eye, leaving a bad cut there. The punch was hard enough to give Downie a concussion and a trip to the hospital after the game. Downie was actually taken by ambulance after the game when the medical staff didn't like the way he was responding to them over a period of time.
The next payer to leave the game with a fight-related injury was Vinny Lecavalier. He was involved during the line brawl in the third period after Ray Emery's fight against Capitals goalie Branden Holtby. Lecavalier left the game with what was first reported as facial fractures, but that turned out to be false. He just had swelling on the left side of his face after broken bones were weren't found. Lecavalier will return to the lineup tomorrow night when the Flyers take on the Carolina Hurricanes. However, he will be wearing his visor with a protective half-cage just like what Sidney Crosby decided to wear last year.
NEW RULE FOR GOALIES?
The NHL is now considering a new rule for goaltender's because of Ray Emery's actions against the Capitals. While Wayne Simmonds was in his fight in the third period, Emery left the crease and skated his way down to the opposite end of the ice to fight Capitals goalie Branden Holtby even though Holtby clearly indicated he didn't want to fight. Emery went after him anyway and landed multiple blows to the back of Holtby's head. Holtby was able to continue playing for the rest of the game though while Emery was thrown out of the game and given multiple penalties.
The new rule that the NHL is considering would bring a 10-game suspension to a goalie if he left the crease fight another goalie at the other end of the ice. Currently, there is a rule that players can't leave the bench when a fight is taking place or they will receive a 10-game suspension. The goalie rule will be based on the bench rule.
The new rule could be brought up at the next meeting between General Managers on November 12. The rule won't go into effect if it is agreed to at the meeting, but it would be a foundation for them to build on.
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