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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sean Avery’s take on screening the goaltender

Sean Avery thrives on being a pain in the ass.  With the addition of the “Sean Avery Rule”, he now has proof in writing that he can infuriate players, the press, and NHL management.  You have to wonder what Gary Bettman and Colin Campbell are thinking here.  Everyone knows the best way to deal with pests like Avery is to ignore him or pummel him into the ground.  But I’m sure Avery and his agent are thrilled – he’s a UFA and should receive a nice salary bump from this incident.

When great goals hurt

We knew Alexander Ovechkin’s celebrations were infectious in Washington, but apparently his influence stretches throughout the South.  Jason Arnott scored the game winner with about 4 minutes remaining and jumped into the corner glass in celebration.  His teammate Alexander Radulov tackled him moments later, and the rest of the team piled on top.  Arnott got up slowly, went to the bench slowly, and spent some time recovering with the trainer’s assistance.  I’ll be he never thought the danger in taking the puck would come from friendly fire.

A few blogs to check out

Just in case any non-Flyers fans out there were unaware, the team does have a few playoff blogs running through their website.  The Flyers’ PR department has been updating On the Fly throughout the season, and they post daily updates on injuries, scratches, and births.  Scott Harnell has a player blog that’s interesting – especially when he gives us the daily food report.  And David Boreanaz (actor from Bones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel) writes a celebrity blog for NHL.com; he’s not the best with timely updates, but he can definitely talk hockey.

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  1. sportsaddictforlife permalink
    Tuesday, April 15, 2008 4:32 pm

    I know most NHL players don’t hold Avery and his antics in high regard, but I couldn’t keep from laughing when I saw what he did to Brodeur the other day.
    He gets a 10 for ‘Creativity’ for that stunt. And at least he isn’t getting media attention because of improper use of his skates (Think Pronger and Simon).

    As for Arnott, the same basic thing happened to Ted Ginn Jr. in the 2007 NCAA Football Championship Game.
    Ginn took the opening kickoff to the house, got mobbed by teammates and injured his ankle in the pile, forcing him to sit out the rest of the game. Players have to be careful when they celebrate (Especially like that). It seems like a harmless act, but it can end up being very detrimental to the team.

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