Yeah, I know. I never thought Marty Turco could learn anything from Sean Avery (except fashion tips?), but the NHL is full of surprises.
Last night, the New York Rangers hosted the Dallas Stars at MSG in what was the second game between the Stars and Avery, since exiling him two seasons ago. For whatever reason, Avery hasn’t been as productive this season as he has normally been for the Rangers. In fact, he hasn’t even been as annoying (I believe Flyers thug Dan Carcillo has since taken the title as the NHL’s problem child).
Anyways, the Rangers beat the Stars 5-2 and Avery lead the charge scoring a goal and adding three assists. A 4-point night for Avery who from all accounts was the difference maker in the Rangers win.
Fact: Sean Avery has a lot more skill than he often shows.
Fact: Sean Avery often behaves like an idiot.
Yet following the game, when interviewed about Avery’s 1st star performance, this is what Marty Turco had to say:
“I would have liked to see that delinquent do that for us last year. I didn’t think it was possible, really.”
- Marty Turco on Sean Avery’s 4-point night against the Dallas Stars
Seriously, Marty? I have no issue with one player calling another player out like that. Unless your performance was so bad that it makes Pascal Leclaire seem like a good replacement. (Kidding, Sens fans). Turco’s fall from grace has been well documented over the years (remember he was the 3rd goalie for the 2006 Canadian Olympic team). But for those who didn’t see the game or highlights from the Stars/Rangers game, check this out:
That’s pretty weak goaltending from Turco. Yes, some of the breakdowns were the Stars fault (not just Turco), but I look at the Avery slapshot goal as a save Turco has to make. OK – Avery had one good game but has been invisible for most of the season. Regardless, he stepped up in what was probably a big game for him on a personal level.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of Avery, but he backed up his act with a fine performance last night. Turco didn’t. Isn’t that the cardinal rule of trash-talking? As much as it pains me to say this, Turco could learn a thing or two from Avery. And yes, Hell has officially frozen over.
Stay classy, Sean Avery. You actually were more classy than Marty Turco last night.