Video: Enforcement of 'Avery Rule' bites Flyers in loss

Who would have thought that New York Rangers pest Sean Avery(notes) would cost the Philadelphia Flyers a game without even being in the building?

As the Flyers and Calgary Flames were in overtime this afternoon, Pronger set up shop in front of Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) as Philadelphia was on the power play. Just seconds before Mike Richards(notes) would score what was thought at the time to be the winning goal, Pronger put his hand up in front of Kiprusoff's face. As soon as Richards' shot went in, the goal was waived off and Rule 75 was enforced:

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Pronger was given an unsportsmanlike call and the Flames would prevail in the shootout.

Matt P. of The 700 Level points out that the penalty given to Pronger doesn't match the definition stated by Colin Campbell at the time of the Avery/Martin Brodeur(notes) incident from two years ago (emphasis Matt's):

"An unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender's face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play," Colin Campbell, the NHL director of hockey operations, said in a statement."

Of course, we'll likely hear an explanation from the NHL soon enough about the play and the direction Pronger was facing won't matter. The focal point of the call will be that Pronger tried to screen Kiprusoff with something other than his stick or body.

After the jump, Pronger's post-game scrum.

Via Broadstreet Hockey:

"I'm not going to get into a 'he-said', 'she-said' thing with the refs. I'm the he." Oh, Chris Pronger(notes), don't you ever change.

Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly was declined comment from the officials after the game to explain the call, but the overwhelming consensus from the Flyers locker room was that they didn't deserve to win the game in the first place given their failure on six power plays and poor play in regulation this afternoon.

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