Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
This year's Philadelphia Flyers are struggling to win hockey games, but they're still the toughest hombres on the block.
As Week 5 wraps up, the Flyers lead the league with 278 penalty minutes, an average of 21.4 minutes per game. That should be no surprise given that their new coach, Craig Berube, is seventh on the all-time penalty list with 3,149 minutes in 1,054 NHL games.
Philadelphia added 99 minutes to its penalty total on Friday during a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Capitals. The game included a massive third-period line brawl that even saw Flyers goaltender Ray Emery go after his counterpart Braden Holtby.
Emery received minor penalties for leaving his crease and for instigating, as well as a major for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct. The league's current rules don't offer an option for suspension despite Holtby's unwillingness to engage in the fisticuffs.
Emery's nauseating attack actually looks like it has provided a spark for his desperate team. The very next night, Emery recorded his first shutout of the year as the Flyers allowed just 14 shots in their 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils.