CHICAGO -- They had a second-period meltdown. And a third in terms of undisciplined penalties.
Ray Emery didn’t have a problem with it because he doesn’t like good losers, especially after a 7-2 humiliation at the hands of the Blackhawks (see Instant Replay).
The Flyers took six of their 10 penalties in the third period when the game was already out of hand after Chicago’s five-goal outburst in the second stanza.
“You're going to be frustrated,” Emery said. “The old saying, you show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.
“I want to play with sore losers. I don’t want guys who are content with a game like that.”
He was referring to some of the penalties the Flyers took when trailing 6-2 -- elbowing, roughing, cross checking, two 10-minute misconducts. All born of the 'Hawks tattooing the Flyers.
Coach Craig Berube didn’t necessarily disagree, either.
“I didn’t like a couple of the calls to be honest with you,” Berube said. “But I’ll have to look at them more closely. My view is I didn’t think some of them were warranted. I didn’t like going down five-on-three -- putting people in bad situations.”
The game resembled the second period at Dallas. Ahead with momentum and then disaster.
“We go into the second with a lead and just kind of funny one,” Emery said. “I got to make a save and pucks are kind of bouncing around a bit. But you can’t make excuses.”
Emery lasted until 1:05 of the third period. He gave up four goals on the first 10 shots of the game and six goals on 18 shots overall before being lifted.
This was his first game back in Chicago where he won the Stanley Cup last season as a member of the Blackhawks.
Emery said he was screened on one goal only and would not offer any excuses.
“As a whole, we have to play better in that [second] period,” he said.
Philadelphia will host the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 30.
USA Hockey on Tuesday announced that the Flyers will host the event for the first time.
The 2016 Hall of Fame class includes legendary high school coach Bill Belisle, former NHL forward Craig Janney, and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey team.
That team featured Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Abington native Mike Richter. It also has a special connection with Philly. The 1996 World Cup of Hockey was the first sporting event played at the CoreStates Center (now the Wells Fargo Center). The U.S. would go on to win the tournament.
“We’re excited to bring the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration to Philadelphia,” Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said in a statement. “It’s one of our nation’s very top hockey cities, thanks in large part to the decades-long efforts of the late Ed Snider, and fans in the area will enjoy being part of enshrining the Class of 2016. This is always one of the most anticipated events on the calendar each year and we’re grateful for the advance support we’ve received from the Flyers and our Atlantic Affiliate.”
Tuesday also marks 50 days until the Flyers begin their 50th anniversary season.
U.S. Hockey Hall of Famers and Flyers legends Mark Howe and John LeClair will go behind the bench next month at the Wells Fargo Center.
Both have been selected as head coaches for the 5th annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game here on Sept. 22.
This is just one of many events planned at the Wells Fargo Center this season to celebrate the Flyers’ 50th Anniversary.
The 7 p.m. faceoff features 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL draft.
Howe and LeClair have combined to represent the U.S. seven times: one Canada Cup, two IIHF World Championships, one World Cup of Hockey and three Olympics. Howe was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and LeClair’s induction occurred in 2009.
Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
Tickets for the All-American Prospects Game can be obtained online at ComcastTIX.com, or by calling 1-800-298-4200, or by visiting the Wells Fargo Center Box office.
NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers have won the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes.
New York announced Friday it agreed to terms on an entry-level deal with the coveted college free agent.
Vesey was the Hobey Baker Award winner as the NCAA's player of the year last season for Harvard. The 23-year-old forward had 24 goals and 22 assists in 33 games.
Originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the third round of the 2012 draft, Vesey said he wouldn't sign by the Aug. 15 deadline. The Predators traded his rights to the Buffalo Sabres for a third-round pick in the 2016 draft.
Vesey met with several teams this week and ultimately chose to join the Rangers.