If we learned one thing during Sean Avery's tenure with the Rangers, it's that the best way to get Martin Brodeur off his game is to get in his face.
Well, I guess Mats Zuccarello was watching some old tapes of Avery before last night's game as he was on top of the Devils crease all night and even got into a shoving match with the future Hall of Fame goaltender. And his efforts eventually paid off as his distraction in front helped lead to Dan Girardi's tying goal late in the third period...
After the game, the MSG crew broke down Zuccarello's Avery impression here (2:44 mark)...
To watch at MSG.com, click here.
After the game Zuccarello brushed off any Avery comparisons (via New York Post)...
“Just a scrum, nothing special. Just the heat of the moment. Competitive guys battling. No big deal...it’s a rivalry. It’s a tough game to play. It’s going to get like that. I don’t know what to say.”
...listen, Brodeur got the last laugh as he was the difference in the Devils win, but I just love Zuccarello's feistiness. He won't back down from anyone and will do whatever it takes to win. Hope he's right back in Marty's face the next time these two teams get together.
...i know there was a bit of a debate on the blog yesterday about where Nash fits into the lineup when healthy, but I'm sorry, AV just can't move Zuccarello off that top line. Chemistry matters and that line has it.
Completely agree. I'd rather see him on the line w/ Hags and Cally/Richards. Not sure who to blow up from that spot. I guess Hags moves down to the 3rd line w/ Brassard.
Better watch out with the Avery comparisons some people will be calling for his head next cause Hockey is suppose to be a gentleman sport remember no fighting, agitating, probably no checking soon just passing and shooting.
A SeanAvery with some skill? i could live with that. Marty's gonna be having nightmares about nasty killer Hobbits for a while :)l
I think the play that bothered me the most was when I think Gelinas got hit in the head with the dump in attempt which ended up springing one of the Rangers (I think it was Hagelin) on a breakaway but the play was immediately whistled down. The reason that play bothered me so much is because last February I was at the game in Montreal (3-0 L) aka the house of horrors where Dan Girardi blocked a PK Subban slap shot with his foot during a PP with practically no time left on the clock. I sat there and watched Gerardi basically pleading with the ref to blow the whistle which was ignored and the Canadiens continued their now 5 on 2 power play until the game ended.
I'm sure that puck the ear hurt, but I'm also pretty sure the Rangers had possession just like the Canadiens did in Montreal...
Did Avery comment at all on social media? Or is he too busy out and about with his bf? I loved him but that dude is def suspect...
As I have mentioned previously - Zucc is at his best when he has an aggressive physical linemate on the other wing. The chemistry is great currently, but I think Zucc will end up 2nd or 3rd line long term, but he will add balanced scoring and make that line better. As long as he gets a Kreider or Cally opening up the ice with a physical forechecking and holding the puck down low he will be able to set up shop and work his magic. The early chemistry with brass and pouliot was in part due to pouliot actually playing that role. I actually do think a Cally-brass-Zucc 3rd line would be great and with AV rolling three lines consistently would be a serious scoring threat especially when not facing the top lines. Regardless Zucc is a bargain this year and continues to produce, show heart and get under opposing players skin - just ask Cindy or fatty! MZA FTW!!!
I have been blown away watching Zucc for the past few weeks - and it goes beyond the passes he has made and how fearless he is. You don't see guys a foot taller muck it up the way he does! But all I could think of watching him was had Torts not been fired, he would have continued to be buried in the AHL. He showed flashes, but I don't think he ever would have been given the opportunity to really flourish under Torts. I am so hoping they don't break up that line - they are a threat every shift. If they cool off, then consider it, but that chemistry is rarely found. Leave it alone!
I'll tell you right now zucc has been playing well but I am going to watch him very closely on Sunday and Tuesday. Those are the two biggest and most physical teams in the NHL. As close as you will get to playoff hockey in the regular season. Those are the kind of games he struggles in... So I want to see if that changed at all
@Betweentheworlds Avery was actually very underrated for his skill. Very good skater and pretty decent hands/passing ability.
@VinnieR I totally get the point, but the rule is that it's under the discretion of the referee and the rule is the rule. Sure Brass was sprung on the breakaway and as it turns out, Gelinas not really hurt on the play, so it sucked for us, but imagine it was a very serious injury that needed immediate attention (a la Clint Malarchuk, Trent McCleary, Bryan Berard) where a couple of seconds means the difference between life and death or permanent physical injury. That's why that rule is in place. Writhing from a blocked shot to the foot in most cases is not cause for immediate alarm, whereas a puck to the face is.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne Montreal is Hank's personal House of Horrors. No way he gets the start there.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne I don't think I'd have ever heard Montreal and "physical" in the same sentence, lol.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne That's a great point. I think he steps up.
He was fast, decent hands and even played on the 1st line with Jagr brieflyso not to underrate his skills but nothing you wouldn't expect from an NHL player and certainly not on par with Zucx. he'll be remembered for what he did with his mouth and not his stick.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne Montreal is usually pretty physical against the Rangers. Remember last season when they ran both McD and Biron?
@KreiderisTheChosenOne ah..........that makes sense.
Zucc vs Chara....Kick him in the shins!