There is certainly no love lost between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. Pit the cross-town rivals against each other in the playoffs, and you’ve got a powder keg waiting to ignite. Sean Avery may have lit the fuse with his antics against Devils netminder Martin Brodeur in
a first-round playoff game on April 13, 2008.
The Rangers were cycling the puck on a 5-on-3 power play, and Avery went to screen Brodeur in front of the net. He used an unorthodox method, waving his stick in front of Brodeur’s face in an attempt to block his vision. Brodeur became noticeably agitated, as he struggled to see around Avery's screen. To add insult to injury, Avery scored on a deflection off Scott Gomez’s slap shot.
The NHL promptly passed the “Sean Avery Rule,” prohibiting a player from engaging 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.”
Only a pest like Sean Avery could have a penalty named in his honor.