Sean Avery Wins Award: Most Overrated

Craig HContributor IApril 21, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers takes a penalty in the second period against the Washington Capitals during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

During tonight's game three of the Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers playoff game, one thing became clear, Sean Avery makes a difference.  What some may call a great team player, others see someone who plays for himself and does his own thing.

Avery had five shots on net, which is great but he was careless when taking three separate penalties in the second period alone and topped it off with a roughing call and a 10 minute misconduct penalty, at the end of the game that led to Washington's fourth and final goal.

If the Rangers do come out of this series, it's from the incredible play of their goaltender, Henrik Lunquist. 

He's the one legitimate star on this team.  Avery?  Let's just say Dallas was smart to let the Rangers have him back.  He was a cancer on that team.  He took bad penalty after bad penalty, didn't play a team game, and just cared about having the spotlight where ever he would go.

Let's forgot the pathetic comment he said about another hockey player and an ex-girlfriend. 

No one said athletes had to be model citizens, but Avery is of a different breed.  He's an agitator of the worst kind.  He constantly takes cheap shots at the opposing team's goalies, trying to get them off their game. 

Sometimes it works, but that's not good for the sport.  It's cheap, unsportsmanlike, and childish.  This isn't floor hockey being played in your school gymnasium, this is the National Hockey League. 

Tonight, the referees kept the league's integrity and quieted the most hated man in hockey, this according to his own league players.