In case you missed it last night, video after the jump of Sean Avery taking cheap shot at Matt Carle, after the two briefly squared-off. According to HockeyFights.com, that was Carle's first NHL fight, and if the league was filled with pricks like Avery, I'm sure it would be his last.
Needless to say, when the Flyers spoke with reporters after the game, they weren't too happy with the whole thing.
I think what's frustrating is that we had a lots of guys that wanted to have a little dance with Avery but he wouldn't respond. That's what frustrating about the whole thing. He goes after Matt Carle, I don't think he's had any fights in his whole career.
Jody Shelley [when asked if it mattered that Avery was his teammate last year]:
No, I mean that was last year. That's done. You know, that's not how it works, it's nothing like that. It's Philadelphia Flyers pride, and as a group we represent the Flyers, the city of Philadelphia and the fans. I think we all felt the same way right there.
You know what kind of player he is. I didn’t really know what was going on. The scrum happened, he came in and tied me up. I had my jersey wrapped up over my head, so next thing I know I was getting punched in the face and I was on the ice.
Perhaps an offshoot of this is that Danny Briere, along with Scott Hartnell, might wind up in some more trouble with the league. It seems as though television cameras missed it, but many, including Chuck Gormley and the NY Post, are reporting that Briere and Hartnell took swipes at Brandon Prust during the final seconds of the game.
Prust leveled Kimmo Timonen in the corner, and after Richards pushed him off towards the Flyers' bench, it sounds as though Briere and Hartnell got in a few freebies. That will lead to a fine and perhaps suspension.
Maybe it's best Briere won't be at the All-Star game…
Video of the Avery incident after the jump- fun starts around the 1:00 mark. And here is the full game recap.
UPDATE: MSG had video of Briere and Hartnell taking swings at Prust from the bench.
Both videos after the jump.