Ray Emery named third star of game after giving up 4 goals on 15 shots, fighting

Bruce Bennett

Giving up four goals on 15 shots is enough to earn a player third star honors, just so he's a goalie that beats up another goalie.

If nothing else, we should remember Friday's Capitals-Flyers game as the night the NHL's three stars tradition ceased to have any relevance or meaning (assuming it ever really had any relevance or meaning to begin with).

Why?

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OK, we have Capitals forward Joel Ward in the top spot. He had a hat trick and was generally pretty awesome. Makes sense. A well deserved honor. Nicklas Backstrom, playing without Alex Ovechkin in the lineup, added three points including a pair of goals to continue his strong season. Seems pretty legit.

And then ...

Wait. Is that ... Yes! That's Flyers goalie Ray Emery earning third star honors. As the numbers show, he allowed four goals on 15 shots after replacing Steve Mason early in the second period. And he is your third star because he skated the length of the ice and beat up Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.

Just before the game ended, Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli Tweeted this.

What a crazy night in Philadelphia.

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