Goalies Emery and Holtby fight in blowout

Ray Emery fights with Braden Holtby during the third period at the Wells Fargo Center on November...

Ray Emery fights with Braden Holtby during the third period at the Wells Fargo Center on November 1, 2013. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

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PHILADELPHIA - No Alex Ovechkin. No problem for the Washington Capitals.

Joel Ward had his first career hat trick and Nicklas Backstrom scored two goals to help the Capitals rout the Philadelphia Flyers 7-0 on Friday night.

Braden Holtby made 30 saves to post his eighth career shutout. He overcame a beating from Flyers goalie Ray Emery during a line brawl in the third period.

Philadelphia wouldn't go down with a fight -- literally. Frustrations boiled over early in the third period after Ward scored his third goal to make it 7-0.

"Obviously we're flat and obviously it got rough," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "It's not the first time. It happens in a hockey game."

The action started with Wayne Simmonds going after Capitals tough guy Tom Wilson. While they were trading punches, Emery skated across ice and went after Holtby. The Capitals goalie wanted no part of a fight, but Emery insisted and repeatedly battered him with a flurry of fists.

"He didn't want a fight but I said basically protect yourself," Emery said. "I didn't really have much of a choice."

Holtby declined to comment on the fight.

"I thought we were outstanding," he said. "Obviously goals went in, but I thought our whole game was great from the (penalty killing) to 5-on-5. I thought the Flyers played a better game than a 7-0 game. It just shows how good we played. That was by far our best effort this year."

The Flyers' Brayden Schenn took on Alexander Urbom and Vinny Lecavalier fought Steve Oleksy.

Emery ended up getting 24 penalty minutes, giving the Capitals a four-minute power play. They already scored plenty, however.

"Everybody has been involved in these games before," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "They're not fun obviously but you know you can't sit there and dwell on it. We've got to go play a game tomorrow. Compete tomorrow, work hard, that's what you do."

Former Flyer Steve Downie played his first game with the team since being reacquired in a trade with Colorado on Thursday. He didn't get any points but accumulated 17 penalty minutes.

Downie left the ice with blood around his left eye after taking a solid punch from Aaron Volpatti in a second-period fight. General manager Paul Holmgren said after the game Downie has a concussion.


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