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Flyers goalie Ray Emery's brawl spurring NHL rule change?

Flyers goalie Ray Emery. (Tom Mihalek/AP)
Flyers goalie Ray Emery. (Tom Mihalek/AP)

Washington's 7-0 win over the host Flyers Friday was marred by a brawl that drew the attention of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

The brawl included Ray Emery's pummeling of fellow goalie Braden Holtby, even though the latter wanted no part of it. Emery was not punished by the NHL, but Bettman told the Columbus Dispatch the league might look into adding a rule to punish such actions.

"We constantly monitor and look at the game," said Bettman, who was in Columbus for the announcement that the Blue Jackets would host the 2015 All-Star Game. "There was no rule that was violated to elevate things to the level of a suspension. It's something we'll continue to discuss."

Added Bettman: "I don't think anybody liked it, liked what it looked like. Fortunately it's not something that happens very often. But I'm sure it's something we'll focus on, particularly with the general managers."

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