"It's stuff like this, or the stick flailing against Brodeur, that makes people hate Sean Avery. He knows what he was doing. The Capitals knew what he was doing. Everyone watching the game knew what he was doing. And the refs knew what he was doing. Yet what could anyone do about it? It's sort of like the movie Ferris Bueller, where Principal Rooney knew exactly what Ferris Bueller was doing, only he couldn't really prove it or do anything about it. If Pavel Datsyuk or Shane Doan does this then everyone talks about what a "veteran move" it is and how it's just another reason they're great leaders. But Sean Avery does it, and everyone wants to punch him in the face because of it."
Here's the video...
Goes to show he's more than just an agitator and why a team needs veterans in the lineup during the playoffs.
Loved this move by Avery! Because how could they ever prove he wasn't just leaning in for a faceoff on a bad stick? Although, to be fair, the NBC guys DID actually call it a veteran move despite it not being Datsyuk, etc.
And it's not just Avery who can be sneaky. Even the 'good' guys get creative - I remember another game recently on national TV where there was a Rangers' icing, and suddenly Hank had to fix a strap on his pads :)