During Sean Avery’s lone dismantling of the Flyers on Sunday, in which the truculent Rangers’ forward scored two goals and was able to draw three penalties in his team’s 3-1 victory, many noticed him sitting alone on the end of the bench. Not talking to or sitting in proximity of anyone on his team other than a trainer to his right, it appeared as though Avery was in self isolation.
Well, Flyers’ forward Ian Laperriere gave his thoughts to the NY Daily News as to why that might be.
“Those people are getting fooled by his act,” said Laperriere, who was a teammate of Avery in Los Angeles from 2002-04. “I know he is the worst teammate I’ve played with. And I know (the Rangers) feel the same way. That’s all I’m going to say.”
The Flyers face the Rangers twice more in the final two games of the season.
It wasn’t long ago that Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Max Talbot, was on the giving end of a hockey-viral youtube.com video, putting his finger to his lips and shushing a ravenous Philly crowd just seconds after taking a beating from Flyers’ forward Daniel Carcillo in the 2008-09 post season.
There were even pretty funny shirts made.
But on Thursday night, after the Penguins downed the New York Rangers, 5-4, in overtime at MSG, the loss wasn’t the main topic immediately afterward, it was Sean Avery’s mimicking of Talbot’s feminine panic swings that had New York fans chuckling.
Is there anyone better at heating up a rivalry than Rangers forward Sean Avery? Avery was booked on the Jimmy Fallon show Monday night, promoting his charity Career Gear, which recycles suits to give to people in need. During the interview, Avery mentioned he attended the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee, and that his camp, during the multi-day hippee party, was located directly next where Joffrey Lupul and some other Flyers were staying.
Avery recalled back to the final game of the regular season between the Flyers and Rangers, where Lupul crosschecked Avery from behind after the whistle. Avery turned around and went after the first player in orange and black, which happened to be Scott Hartnell. Hartnell tried to fight Avery, but slipped backwards.
Avery said that he and Lupul “Hugged it out,” but that Hartnell is “A bit of a clown.”
If the youtube.com link breaks, I will try to track down the interview on Hulu as soon as it’s posted.
With the Flyers holding the 3-2 lead going into the final period, the visiting Rangers, with nothing to play for, scored two unanswered third-period goals, to beat the Flyers, 4-3, and drop them to the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference behind the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The loss gives the Penguins home-ice advantage for the first two games of the opening round of the playoffs against the Flyers, which will begin on Wednesday.
All the Flyers needed was one point to clinch the fourth spot, but were unable to hang on due to goals by Blair Betts and Sean Avery. Philadelphia also gave up their first shorthanded goal of the season to Brandon Dubinsky, with 5:13 left in the first period. They were attempting to be the first time in three decades to go an entire season without giving up a shorty.
During a television timeout in the Boston Bruins’ 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers, Saturday, everyone’s favorite sideshow Sean Avery, made the boring, one-goal contest immediately entertaining. He skated behind Boston goalie Tim Thomas, tapping him in the back of the head with his stick. Thomas immediately went after Avery and a ruckus broke out.
Avery pretended the tap to be accidental, but watching the replay, it was clear he checked for the referee’s line of sight before love-tapping the newly signed backstop.
“It’s an unwritten rule that nothing happens during the TV timeout,” said Thomas in published reports. “I’m stretching there, Avery comes by, and I get hit in the head with a stick. The battling during the game? I have no problem with that. I actually like the way he plays around the net. He’s tenacious. He gets in right around the crease but he’s not doing anything illegal. I have no problem with that. But there are lines that you can’t cross. He seems to have a hard time figuring out where those lines are.”
What makes the irritating move by Avery even more special, is that if the Rangers can hold onto the final spot in the Eastern Conference (which they currently own), they would face the same Bruins in the opening round. If Avery is sending a message to the Bruins, which is very possible, that’s suddenly a series worth watching.
After thoroughly dismantling the Rangers, 4-2, in Philadelphia on Saturday, the Flyers let a golden opportunity slip away to further secure the fourth seed in the playoffs, as they dropped the second half of the home-and-home with New York, 4-1, at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.