For those of you who did not see the game, here is the YouTube link that shows what the notorious NHL pest, Sean Avery, did during Game 3 in Round 1 of the Rangers' series with the New Jersey Devils.
This is absolutely atrocious, a joke, and by far an embarrassment. Sure, as a reader you may feel that I am being a biased Islander fan, but let's be real. We all want our team to win, especially when it comes down to the playoffs, but it should be done fairly. I love players that fill the agitator role and get under the skin of the opposition, but it should be done a certain way. That is why there are plenty of rules that are in regards to unsportsmanlike play. If you ask me, in no way is waving your hands and stick in front of the face of a goaltender with your back to the play a case of fair play.
The counter argument is that out of every single page in the rule book there is nothing stating or suggesting that what Sean Avery did last night was illegal. Therefore you should stand by the mindset that every player should do whatever it takes to make it to the Stanley Cup finals, and that's what Sean Avery was doing.
Ehh, not so sure about that. There is nothing professional or reasonable in his acts last night and I know that Devils fans are not the only ones to feel this way. Just watch the end of the YouTube video as Chris Drury goes out of his way to yell and shove Avery out of Brodeur's face. His own teammates found it embarrassing!
He carries the slogan of "Love him if you got him, hate him if you don't." I hear so many Ranger fans tell me that although I despise his presence I would love to have him on my team next year, being that he is a UFA.
Well I still disagree. We had enough issues with Chris Simon and we certainly do not need any more problems for this organization with Sean Avery representing the blue and orange. Let's also not forget that basically the entire Islander roster hates Avery. Do you think it would bode well that Brendan Witt may have to stick up for Avery one day? Or that DP may have to give him a high five after a win? I don't think so.
Brilliant tactics? Or childish antics? You decide.