Coyotes' Burke lets loose on Emery

Ray Emery fights Braden Holtby November 1, 2013. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

Ray Emery fights Braden Holtby November 1, 2013. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

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Two days after the fact, Ray Emery's pummeling of Braden Holtby is still creating shockwaves in NHL circles.

Phoenix Coyotes goalie coach Sean Burke, who played 18 seasons in the NHL before retiring in 2007, went off Monday on Emery.

Burke characterized the Philadelphia Flyers netminder's actions -- skating the length of the ice to challenge Washington Capitals goalie Holtby, getting declined, then fighting him anyway -- as "just bullying."

"When you punch a guy 10 times in the back of the head, that's not being tough," Burke told Fox Sports Arizona. "Tough is a goalie sticking up for a teammate because he's getting abused or something happens in the course of the game where the intention is to even things out."

Although Emery received 29 penalty minutes at the time, no further discipline was handed down by the NHL.

Emery, at 6-foot-2, 196 pounds, is not the league's largest goalie by any stretch. However, Burke believes he's targeting the wrong guys when he decides to fight.

"When you're beating up Holtbys and Martin Birons, that's not tough," Burke said. "There's been a lot of big goalies in this league he's played that I have never seen him go near. As one of the bigger goalies in the league and a guy who thought he could defend himself, I'd be embarrassed to do what he did."

As for Emery infamously being named third star of Saturday's Flyers-Capitals tilt?

"The biggest joke is that they named him the third star in the game," he said of what ended up being a 7-0 Washington whipping. "To me, that's classless, and whoever picked that, that's a mockery of the game."


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