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RALEIGH, N.C. -- It was a perfect storm of sloppy hockey:
Two of the NHL’s bottom five teams in scoring. Two teams buried at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. And two teams fighting for any glimmer of relevancy playing in a sparsely populated arena in a non-traditional, southern hockey market.
Add all of those up and you get nearly three full periods of scoreless of hockey and a poorly rated game on national television.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was outspoken last week, condemning the Flyers and Ray Emery’s actions against the Capitals. He said it’s not the way the game is played anymore.
On Tuesday, the NHL’s vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan took it one step further.
“I hate what Ray Emery did,” Shanahan told Rogers Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at Noon show. “I don’t like it. I wouldn’t like it if I were a teammate of his, I wouldn’t like if it I were an opponent of his.”
Ray Emery was missing from practice on Monday.
No, Emery did not get the day off for his, ahem, interesting weekend with the Flyers.
Instead, Emery was in Washington, D.C., to celebrate his former team’s Stanley Cup with a ceremony at the White House and President Barack Obama.
Steve Downie played for Craig Berube for just a little more than a full season – some eight or nine years ago – but left enough of an impression in that short time.
Downie, 26, was back in a Flyers uniform on Friday for a quick morning skate for the first time since being re-acquired from the Avalanche for Max Talbot. He will make his debut tonight against Washington.
“I enjoyed coaching him,” Berube said. “I think every team wants a guy like Steve Downie. He’s a fiery guy with skill. He’s got real good hands, he’s a good passer. He’s a guy with some fire in his belly.”
The Flyers have traded forward Max Talbot to the Colorado Avalanche for Steve Downie. The trade was first reported by the Denver Post.
Downie was a first-round draft pick of the Flyers in 2005, the 29th pick overall. He played 38 games for the Flyers over two seasons (2007-08). He had six goals, six assists and 84 penalty minutes.
In November 2008, Downie and Steve Eminger were traded to Tampa Bay for defenseman Matt Carle.
Seems like the Flyers caught a bit of a break heading into Friday night’s matchup with Washington.
Alex Ovechkin will not be making the trip to Philadelphia. He will miss the game with an upper-body injury, though he is still considered “day-to-day.”
Ovechkin, 28, has 10 goals in 12 games this season. Going back to last season, he is on a run of 33 goals in 35 games - putting him on a near 50-in-50 pace.
During the week off between games last week, Flyers chairman Ed Snider flew to Rome to meet with Pope Francis I in a private audience at the Vatican.
The Flyers are 2-0 since Snider, 80, met the Pope.
“I’d like to think he had something to do with it, but I think the team is finally turning it around and have learned (coach Craig Berube) Chief’s system,” Snider joked. “I think that’s a coincidence.”