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Fight judge Corey Crawford empathizes with feisty Ray Emery

Updated: December 4, 2013 6:51AM



WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Corey Crawford saw the replay of former teammate and current Flyers goalie Ray Emery skating the length of the ice and pounding Capitals goalie Braden Holtby during an ugly line brawl in the Caps’ 7-0 victory Friday and empathized.

“Obviously, he was a little frustrated,” Crawford said. “Knowing him, he’s a pretty competitive guy. Those are frustrating games. He was a little fired up.”

Emery was a hot topic in the hockey world Saturday. He racked up 29 penalty minutes in the fight, one that Holtby clearly wanted no part of. The NHL rulebook doesn’t distinguish between a goalie fight and a regular fight, so Emery won’t face any supplemental discipline. In fact, he started Saturday night against the Devils.

Hawks enforcer Brandon Bollig didn’t think it was a big deal.

“It’s no secret that [Emery is] tough,” Bollig said. “The other goalie found that out. It’s part of the game. It’s a line brawl, and it kind of happens. Obviously, the fans love it, so I’m sure it didn’t disappoint.”

Rise and shine

The game against the Jets was the Hawks’ first day game. And their sloppy play in the early going seemed to reflect that.

“It’s always tough to get into those [early] games right away,” Jonathan Toews said. “We might have made a few mistakes and given them a few too many scoring chances early, but I think slowly we got with it and kind of kept them away from our net.”

Happy for Khabby

Hawks backup goalie Nikolai Khabibulin received a standing ovation from the Jets crowd during a stoppage in the first period. Khabibulin was drafted in the ninth round by the Jets in 1992 and played two seasons in Winnipeg before the team moved to Phoenix.

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