Things turned ugly in Philadelphia during Game 3.
The Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6 to 1 and are now leading 3-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
On a night where the Flyers and fans paid tribute to late owner Ed Snider, some in the crowd expressed anger over penalties called and threw commemorative wristbands onto the ice.
In their first home game after the death of Ed Snider – their founder, owner, and chairman – the Flyers and their followers put on a display that manifested the worst instincts within themselves and validated the worst stereotypes about them. They embarrassed themselves, all of them, in every possible way. When spectators scream during a pregame moment of silence for a team’s patriarch – as several Flyers fans did Monday – and it’s not the most graceless, dishonorable episode of the night, that’s telling. The Flyers ignited a melee with 7 minutes, 43 seconds left in regulation, and from that point until the final buzzer, they took 39 minutes in penalties. The Capitals took none, and they scored two power-play goals, and they could chuckle and gloat as the maintenance crews swept up the wristbands in front of their bench.
As mentioned things really escalated after Flyers Bellemare sent Orlov head first into the boards while chasing the puck in the corner.
Bellemare will face the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for the hit.
The fans reactions were deplorable and even the Flyers PA announcer expressed distaste:
— Cindy Webster (@Cindy610) April 19, 2016
As a last-ditch effort Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Flyers Wayne Simmonds teamed up, asking fans to knock it off, but to no avail.
It will be interesting to see how the next game(s) plays out in this series.