Does it really need to be said that everyone hates Sean Avery. I know his teammates used to love him because he was an effective instigator. He’s not even very good at that anymore. He doesn’t add to the scoresheet like he used to. The only thing left in his “arsenal” is cheap shots. Now before any Rangers fans that may read this call me a hypocrite, finish reading the entire post, then comment.
Of course every Flyers fan is calling Avery dirty, as well they should be. He was squared off with a guy who is definitely not a fighter. Guys who fight know other guys who fight. He and Matt Carle both had the gloves off, were tied up, and were looking at each other. Carle was clearly not trying to throw punches. He was trying to pull someone away from the pile and just keep them tied up. I’m sure when a fist came flying at his head, he was pretty surprised. Now, the fact that he’s not a fighter doesn’t excuse him from anything. But that fact that he’s not trying to fight is pretty damn obvious. Let’s say he tried throwing a punch; then he gets what’s coming to him. Then he’s fair game, no matter who he’s matched up against.
From the Rangers point of view, they’ll bring up the Carcillo-Gaborik incident from last year. That was different though. As I said then, Gaborik dropped his gloves first, looking for a fight. Every player in the NHL is responsible for his own actions. If someone drops the gloves and prepares to fight, then they should be ready to fight. Let’s go to the tape:
As you can see, the two of them separate from the pack and are pushing and shoving with gloves on. Gaborik drops the gloves first, clearly intending to fight. He took some punches, and went down. And when he went down, Carcillo stopped throwing punches. In the video above, Avery throws a few more when Carle goes down before stopping. So any Rags fans trying to compare the two fights, don’t even try.
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