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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ray Emery
How many goals will Alex Ovechkin score? Should Brooks Laich and Troy Brower be broken up? Is George McPhee on the hot seat?
Four days after it happened, it is still sickening to watch the beatdown that Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery gave Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby Friday night in the midst of the Capitals 7-0 beatdown of the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Joel Ward scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick in the fight-filled outburst. Ward's linemate, Jason Chimera, added a goal and three assists, and Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski each had three points.
Jaromir Jagr is still available. So is goalie Tim Thomas, who continues exploring whether to make a comeback after taking a season off.
The puck has dropped on NHL free agency with a two-day negotiating window before players _ other than those whose contracts were recently bought out _ can sign Friday.
When Rocky Wirtz took over the Chicago Blackhawks six years ago, they were among the worst teams in the NHL.
Five things learned in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 win in triple overtime over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night:
For all their accomplishments so far _ the record-breaking start, the Presidents' Trophy, the individual honors _ the Chicago Blackhawks know this is the time of year that will define their season. They said the same thing all along.
Having lost four in a row, Anaheim's players weren't feeling great, right wing Teemu Selanne said. But their coach knew full well that one victory could turn things around.
The Chicago Blackhawks started the season with questions about their goaltending situation.
Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist, and Chicago's Joel Quenneville became the 10th coach to earn 600 NHL victories as the Blackhawks beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Sunday night for their fifth straight win.
Penguins star center Sidney Crosby's return to the ice will have to wait a little longer.
Corey Perry said he came to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas just to have fun with nearly three dozen family and friends, not expecting much despite his 50-goal season.
Corey Perry crashed the Sedins' NHL MVP party.
"As a group, I think it's a frustrating night," Emery said. "Fans are frustrated, and we don't accept that. I think frustration sometimes shows that way."
"I understand that there are roles and Corey's the guy," Emery said.