by Patrick Hoffman on 02/07/10 at 01:05 PM ET
Our good friend Scotty of Scotty Hockey had a different perspective on who the hero was in last night’s New York Rangers vs. Devils game:
Let the entire NHL hate Sean Avery. Let the refs grind their axes against him. It’s ok. Really. It is ok because New York loves Sean Avery and Avery loves New York. On a night where Henrik Lundqvist makes Mmmmaaaarrrrttttyyyy Brodeur look like a house league goaltender, on a night when hell freezes over and Chris Drury scores an important goal, it was Sean Avery who saved the day.
No, Avery didn’t mess with Mmmmaaaarrrrttttyyyy but instead he turned his talents upon Ilya Kovalchuk. New Jersey was pressuring and getting deep in the Ranger end late in the third period but Avery provoked Kovy and the Russian lost his mind. Both players got double minors (Kovalchuk should have gotten more) and both went to the box. That meant that Sean got Devils’ top scorer off the ice with less than three minutes to go to preserve a 3-1 win for the Rangers.
Were the Henrik Lundqvist glove saves monumental? No doubt. Was Drury’s goal a nail in the heart of New Jersey? Absolutely. But Avery being Avery was what closed another fantastic chapter in the Hudson rivalry. It was smart, calculated hockey by the super pest and exactly why love him in New York. Go Sean.
Click here for more on Scotty’s thoughts on last night’s big win over the New Jersey Devils.
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