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Flyers' GM understands 'Fire Holmgren!' chants

The Flyers reached rock bottom with an embarrassing 7-0 loss to visiting Washington on Friday.

Flyers' GM understands 'Fire Holmgren!' chants

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Flyers reached rock bottom with an embarrassing 7-0 loss to visiting Washington on Friday.

Well, at least they better HOPE it was rock bottom.

If it wasn’t, there will be a lot more empty red seats in the Wells Fargo Center the rest of the season.

Fans chanted "Fire Holmgren!" during the loss.

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General manager Paul Holmgren said he understood their frustration.

"If I was sitting in the stands, I'm not sure I'd be chanting, but I might be thinking the same thing," Holmgren said. "It's part of the business."

The Flyers fell to 3-9, accumulated the seventh-highest penalties minutes (99) in franchise history, and didn’t look as if they wanted to compete for a 25-minute stretch that started late in the first period.

And to think they acquired winger Steve Downie the previous day, hoping he would energize the team.

As it turned out, Downie _ who almost scored 19 seconds into the game _ suffered a concussion in a second-period fight, and teammate Vinny Lecavalier went down with a facial injury (it is believed he lost some teeth) in a third-period bout. Both players will miss Saturday’s game in New Jersey, general manager Paul Holmgren said.

Downie was taken to Pennsylvania Hospital in an ambulance, and Holmgren said it was for more tests and observation.

Tye McGinn is one of the players the Flyers are expected to summon from Adirondack on Saturday.

With 14:29 left, there were four almost-simultaneous fights, including one between the goalies, Ray Emery and Washington’s Braden Holtby. Emery pounded Holtby.

“He didn’t want to fight,” said Emery, who had a welt on the side of his face after the bout. “I said, basically, ‘Protect yourself.’ He didn’t really have much of a choice.”

Capitals coach Adam Oates said the Emery-Holtby fight should have been broken up earlier by referee Francois St. Laurent.

Emery, who allowed four goals on 15 shots after entering the game in the second period, was given four penalties: two minutes for instigating, two minutes for leaving the crease, five minutes for fighting, and a 10-minute misconduct.

He was named the game’s third star.

"It's Philly,” Caps forward Troy Brouwer told CSN Washington.

Breakaways. The Flyers had the most penalty minutes (99) since the franchise-record 213 against Ottawa on March 5, 2004….It marked the ninth time in franchise history the Flyers had been shut out while allowing seven goals or more….Emery on Saturday’s game against the Devils: “We go to Jersey and we regroup. We’re fortunate to have a game that we can come back and redeem ourselves after a night like tonight.”…Wayne Simmonds was minus-3 and is minus-10 for the season; Claude Giroux was minus-2 and is minus-9 on the season.

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