Friday, November 25, 2005

Avery gets his comeuppance?

Reader Mark C. passes along a video from last night's Nashville-Los Angeles game in which tough guy Darcy Hordichuk tries to pound on a turtled Sean Avery [click on Avery v. Hordichuk under Nov. 24].

Avery, one of the league's major mouthpieces, is reknowned for not being able to 'back up' both his on-ice and off-ice actions. It's up for debate if what he did here — knocking Paul Kariya from behind in a play that could have been more dangerous than it was and certainly more so than it had to be — merited a pounding, but with the Predators up 4-1, I doubt Predators coach Barry Trotz would be overly critical of Hordichuk's actions. In addition, Avery had been penalized in the second period for a high cross check on Hordichuk.

Hordichuk received 27 minutes in penalties on the play (instigator, fighting major, 10-minute misconduct, game misconduct), and while the Kings didn't score on the ensuing power plays (does anything on hockey other than a power play 'ensue'?), they did score two late goals to bring the score to 4-3.

Avery's enemy list is getting long.


The other thing I really notice in the clip is the call by the Kings play-by-play team. I have to say, the most disheartening thing about the NHL Centre Ice package is hearing how partisan the broadcasters are to their home teams.

I suppose that makes games more enjoyable for casual fans, but I'd really prefer the generally 'neutral' calling Canadians get on your average TSN Wednesday night game. Why the Kings broadcasters couldn't have acknowledged that Avery's hit was, at the very least, borderline, I don't know.

15 Comments:

At 3:07 AM, November 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"On the ensuing faceoff..." might be a more common ensuing-phrase.

 
At 3:17 AM, November 25, 2005, Blogger James Mirtle said...

"ensuing faceoff" and "ensuing powerplay"

Point taken.

 
At 3:40 AM, November 25, 2005, Anonymous David said...

Hearing the word ensuing

hockey broadcast:non-hockey broadcast
50:1

 
At 5:36 AM, November 25, 2005, Anonymous Howard Waddington said...

"The Leafs make the play-offs, defeat ensues"

Just a thought....

 
At 11:21 AM, November 25, 2005, Blogger Matt said...

The only other place you hear "ensuing" a lot is football; it's always "on the ensuing kickoff".

 
At 12:05 PM, November 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Non-hockey: hilarity ensued

Hockey: Back when Lalime was in Ottawa we'd talk about the ensuing goal whenever Lalime left the crease to play the puck...

-Burninator

 
At 12:59 PM, November 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The homer broadcasters are a little tough to take, I agree. The Senators' radio guys are guilty of this -- I sometimes hear them describing an alleged atrocity committed against the Sens, and then get home to see the replay and wonder what the heck they were talking about.

 
At 1:53 PM, November 25, 2005, Blogger Nick said...

Sounds like Mr. Avery is back for more....

"Paul Kariya is the biggest diver in the league," Avery said. "Hordichuk is the worst player in the NHL."

Avery was venting in response to a pounding he recived from Hordichuk, apparently in retaliation for a questionable hit Avery made on Kariya in the third period.

"He's is an embarrassment to the league," Avery said of Hordichuk. "He can't even skate. He can't shoot. He can't pass. I mean just look at the stats. It's pretty clear."

 
At 2:14 PM, November 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Avery couldn't carry Kariya's jockstrap as a player or as a human being. Surely to God Andy Murray is getting a little tired of this sideshow.

 
At 7:36 PM, November 25, 2005, Blogger Nick said...

I dunno. CBC broadcasters always seemed a little biased against Detroit when I used to watch games back home. I do miss them though.

 
At 10:19 PM, November 25, 2005, Blogger Docciavelli said...

Sean Avery deserved every fist Hordichuk threw. And then some. Were Mr. Avery to join my beer league, I'd probably risk a lifetime ban from the rink just to ring his mug in a similar fashion.

Watching Caps games makes me wonder if Craig Laughlin ever thinks that a Washington player deserves 2 in the box. Hell, he used to love Dale Hunter's dirty play, but routinely decries any roughage from opponents. Lange, Steigerwald and Bourque are pretty decent in Pittsburgh, and so are Kamal And Jaffe in Atlanta.

 
At 11:25 PM, November 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comments here show how good of an agitator Avery really is and to be honest and unbias, hes undouptably the best in the NHL right now.

Anyone would love to have him on their team but nobody seems to like playing against him.

No I am not a Kings fan. :)

 
At 6:53 PM, December 20, 2005, Anonymous Av'sGrl19 said...

I am a proud fan of the L.A. Kings, and Sean Avery, in particular. He gets things started the way Norstrom does a 1000 unnoticed things behind the net, and how Visnovsky holds a puck in at the blue line every time. They all have their roles, and Sean plays his to the fullest. So despite his big mouth, his ice time and the shots he gets on goal every night, it's indisputable that he's an incredible player. So, to everyone else, quit whining and just watch the game!

 
At 3:33 PM, December 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am a proud fan of the los angeles kings. atleast aver can put points on the board. i think that avery does have a large ego but atleast he actually helps his team win. sean avery is my favorite player in the nhl because he can actually BACK UP what he says (Docciavelli).

 
At 12:53 AM, January 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The man who wrote this comment above me is absolutly correct. Sean Avery is a dangerous player. He is feared by many players in the NHL and he is a very talented scater.When people like Docciavelli decide to comment on sports that they know prcicly shit about this is just an example of a fan who doesnt understand the game and just wants publicity. Sean Avery in a 1 on 1 fight with Darcy Hordichuk could most likely lose but atleast it would be a fair fight.

 

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