January 18 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“The Flyers and New York Rangers meet three more times this year, and you don’t have to be a Fred Shero descendant to realize there might be a parade to the penalty box in those games.
On Sunday, the Rangers’ Sean Avery sucker-punched Matt Carle during the Flyers‘ 3-2 win.
Later in the game, Flyers enforce Jody Shelley tried to draw Avery into a fight. Avery refused.
“But this will all iron itself out,” Shelley, a former Ranger, said after Monday’s practice in Voorhees.
In other words, the three rematches _ Feb. 20 and March 6 in New York, and April 3 in Philly _ should be a little, um, entertaining.
The Flyers are not pals with Avery or his teammate, Brandon Prust, who took several strides before knocking Kimmo Timonen into the boards in Sunday’s closing seconds. No penalty was called.
As Prust skated back down the other end, Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell took punches at him from the Flyers‘ bench.
Both players said on Monday that the punches didn’t land. In the YouTube video below, it appears Prust’s head snapped back slightly after he was hit. He adjusted his helmet afterward.
On Monday, Briere was fined $1,000. Hartnell and Prust escaped discipline, an NHL spokesman told The Inquirer.”
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