November 27 Philadelphia Daily News:
“SEAN AVERY DANCED on Broadway.
Chris Pronger waved on Broad Street.
Somehow, Pronger – hockey’s ultimate tough guy – ended up grouped in the same category yesterday with hockey’s ultimate diva thanks to what Pronger termed as a nonchalant wave of the arm.
Because of Avery’s actions on April 13, 2008 – when he turned around to face Marty Brodeur and dance in front of Brodeur to stir up a commotion, distract him and screen him – the “Avery rule” was added to Rule 75 of the NHL’s definition of unsportsmanlike conduct.
With only 1 minute, 35 seconds left in overtime of the Flyers’ annual Black Friday matinee, Mike Richards appeared to net what would be the game-winner when he flicked a high-arching wrist shot past an unsuspecting Miikka Kiprusoff.
That was until Ghislain Hebert – the referee responsible for all nine of the contest’s penalties – decided Pronger unfairly distracted Kiprusoff in an unsportsmanlike fashion and disallowed the goal.
The result: a 3-2 shootout victory for Calgary, as Hebert skated off the ice to boos that echoed for the remaining 95 seconds of overtime. The Flames, winners for only the third time in 13 games, stole the extra point from the Flyers, who now trail Washington by one point for the overall lead in the NHL.”
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