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Emery beatdown keyed Flyers' surge after brutal start

By Mike Harrington

PHILADELPHIA -- In our previous post, we showed you some great fistic fun between the Sabres and Flyers from the 90s involving the goalies. But the Philadelphia Story this season is about another goalie brawl and it was basically a disgusting mugging.

Still, the Nov. 1 Ray Emery assault -- and that's what it was -- on Capitals netminder Brayden Holtby seems to have been a turning point in the Flyers' season. They lost that game, 7-0, and owner Ed Snider said their 3-9 record left them at one of the lowest points in their 47 seasons but it has sparked a turnaround.

Since then, the Flyers are 5-1-2. Emery, by the way, gets the start here tonight against the Sabres

The Flyers started 0-3 and fired coach Peter Laviolette. They were 1-7 after eight games and 3-8 in October. But incredibly, a win tonight could pull them within a point of a playoff spot out of the ultra-struggling Metropolitan Division.

And it all started with this:


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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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