One of the bright spots during last night’s 3-2 loss to the Flyers was when Sean Avery won his fight against Matt Carle. It was surprising to see Carle, a non-fighter, take on Avery, but it happened nonetheless. Non-fighters fight, and many are calling Avery’s challenging of Carle to be bush-league. While the fight itself isn’t as bush as everyone makes it out to be, what happened after the fight is blatant disregard for the hockey players’ code (video below).
What gets me is that once his opponent is down, Avery still throws two punches to the prone Carle. That is a blatant disregard for any kind of ethics in a hockey fight. The unspoken code states that once an opponent is down, the fight is over, and punches cease to be thrown. This is now twice where Avery has thrown punches at a prone opponent this season. As much as we love Avery as Ranger fans, that is downright dirty. Someone is eventually going to ring Avery’s bell, and it might be sooner rather than later.