He's the guy Rangers fans adore and everyone else wants to neuter: Sean Avery. Disclaimer: I own a Sean Avery jersey. I've accompanied him to his bar, "Warren 77," in downtown Manhattan. Avery is his own type of beast and he was back at it again today during the Rangers 8-2 whipping of the Oilers. Currently, the Oilers look like a glorified AHL team lead by an aging, DUI obtaining Nikolai Khabibulin.
After absolutely crushing Colin Fraser, Ladislav Smid asked Avery was to drop the gloves. Avery declined, but then at the last second tossed the mitts and started going at him. Before everyone starts calling for his head, consider the fact that tension was high and Smid still was facing Avery the whole time. Most importantly, Avery did get rid of his gloves before going in for the fight. Furthermore, Smid is wearing a visor and is not exactly a huge fighter (he only averages 3 a year). Yeah, he sucker punched him and I admit Avery did not need to go in, but it's hockey, where boys become men.
The ice wide brawl that broke out was solid. Brandon Prust put up a good fight (classy fighter). Let's not forget that Sean Avery can get shit done on the ice. When he actually looks up before passing, he can create gold, and his snipe from the Left Wing is solid enough.
In case you forgot, here's a classic Avery moment:
Hat Tip: The Big Lead