April 17, 2007
3rd Period - 3:51
2006-2007 Postseason Season
Voting Results
Sean Avery 7.2% (13 votes)
Ilya Kovalchuk 79.6% (144 votes)
Draw 13.3% (24 votes)

Past User Reviews
Posted by Big Punisher on April 19, 2007 at 08:19 PM

Ok, who here has the IQ of a 3 year old? Well, if you choose Avery as the "winner" here, that would be you. First of all, the score was 5-0 at the time of this altercation. At that point, the Thrashers had basically conceded the loss. Getting Kovi off the ice is pointless because the outcome of the game had already been determined. Secondly, the video clearly shows Kovi wanting to go after Avery. Nobody "drew" anything. Kovi wanted a piece of him. It is clear Kovi was more then willing to take the 5mins. Third, what kind of gutless candy ass has to fake glove drop with a 50 goal scorer? It is clear Avery once again found himself starring down the barrel of a gun, and was about to crap his pants. Fourth, have any of you ever taken a punch!??! Any day of the week and twice on Sunday I'd prefer to get a padded glove punch to the face, rather then a bare knuckle punch. Calling Kovi "cheap" for hitting him with his glove on is stupid. Fifth, I understand why some think Avery was trying to draaw the instigator on Kovi. Afterall, it is that rule that has allowed to keep that punk's ugly mug in tact for the last 5 years. Take out the instigator, and Avery will get taken out.

Posted by ETR on April 19, 2007 at 08:23 PM

fight? what fight?

Posted by hrngmprd on April 18, 2007 at 12:39 PM

I love it!! Avery losing to a weaker opponent. This should make for an interesting game 4.

Posted by the4thliner on April 19, 2007 at 09:44 PM

I never get tired of seeing Avery getting his ass kicked!!!

Posted by chris_mcallister on April 18, 2007 at 07:16 AM

lol, Have to give Kovalchuk the win for landing the only punch and making that chump bleed. Paul Mara needs to mind his own damn business.

Posted by dmsarad on April 18, 2007 at 09:52 AM

Avery loses by being a chicken ****. I hate it when guys like him do that. Its a 5-0 game. The star player on the other team wants to go with you and you refuse to go? You need a soft defensemen to come in and save your as*? Avery is, and always has been, a punk.

Posted by slshbleed on April 18, 2007 at 10:33 AM

In the old days, there would have been more guys that could fight around so your 40 goal scorer wouldn't have to go after a guy like this. In fact, Avery would have had a much harder career in the old days because he would have been getting offers all the time.

Posted by shrk33 on April 21, 2007 at 01:58 AM

You'd think Avery would have done more....weak

Posted by Bonecrusher1976 on April 18, 2007 at 04:51 PM

Avery sucks and always will. Can't even defend himself against non-fighter Kovalchuk...

Posted by Krosscheck on April 18, 2007 at 09:56 AM

Lets...3rd liner takes out a 40-goal scorer out of the game??? I'd say the Rangers WON!!! Ilya needs to man-up and get his priorities in order. Score first...then fight.

Posted by anc67 on April 18, 2007 at 10:27 PM

How is everybody saying avery is the pussy, watch the fight kovalchuk wants to fight avery, avery then throws off the gloves and kovalchuk throws a punch before he even got his gloves off, and mara came in to stop the fight, avery would have been happier if mara never came in.

Posted by DaBull on May 11, 2007 at 11:28 PM

Avery did his job to get a Kovalchuk to drop the gloves. Really don't consider this a fight at all. It was at best roughing.

Posted by 5minmajor22 on April 18, 2007 at 03:22 PM

I give the win to Avery because it was a victory to get a world-class player off the ice. Maybe two punches in by Kovalchuk, but what the heck is Kovalchuk doing geting in a scrap? Imagine if he broke a finger or something worse going after Avery. Lesson learned by young Kovalchuk, you have to forget about personal vendetta's in the playoffs. Very surprised that this happened with all the veterans and the NHL's oldest team

Posted by buchockey221 on April 18, 2007 at 03:49 PM

i watched the game, with .9 second left in the 2nd boulton and coulton orr bolth recived 10 min misconducts for slashing. Well when they came out boulton immeditlay challanged orr he said no later on after the 7th goal the met in the rangers zone boulton went after orr, orr looked at him and you could see is mouth say "no need to its 7 nothin with 5 mins left" My respect was greatly risen by him that was the right thing for him too do. good job orr. also the officals kept the game in control witch was good, but the should have let avery and kovalchuk go.

Posted by CLARKvMcSORLEY on May 05, 2007 at 02:28 PM

looks bad on Avery that he needed a teammate and a couple of officials to save his ass from FRIGGIN' KOVALCHUK!!! I like a goal scorer who will drop 'em now & then, ok he's no Shanahan, but Im still impressed.

Posted by mikebflorida on April 18, 2007 at 09:40 AM

Total domination by Kovalchuk. Avery gets hammered by....wait...did I say that right...Ilya Kovalchuk?? LOL What a joke, first of all, Avery is on the ice late game running people when it's 7-0, that is certainly to be expected but what does that idiot Hartley have any business being a coach in the NHL having his best player out there WITH AVERY? That whole series is a complete clusterfock of stupidity, stupid players, stupid coaches, stupid fans. hoooray!

Posted by Jack Schitt on April 18, 2007 at 01:01 PM

Avery is a pu$$y. Fake the drop and turtle ? What a biatch.

Posted by Chronicous on April 18, 2007 at 10:06 PM

I know it wasn't really much of a fight, but who honestly can say avery won?? Idiots

Posted by capsfloors on April 18, 2007 at 02:04 PM

Kovy won this small scrap. Its the only thing the Thrashers have won this whole series! They have been out played and out coached. Rangers are reaching for the broom tonight!

Posted by bullramus on April 18, 2007 at 11:35 AM

poor fight, could have been better if it wasn,t broken up.

Posted by puckhock on April 24, 2007 at 03:38 PM

what fight did i miss something!

Posted by Apaps3 on April 18, 2007 at 06:51 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk is a punk...Nice cheap shot...Avery had a drop of blood from his lip...WEEEEEE, such a hard punch...Kovalchuk is a baby..If you have watched alot of hockey you would know this...Avery and the Rangers have had the best of them all series...SWEEP

Posted by thescotsman1 on June 09, 2007 at 09:11 PM

this one should be on a site called hockey-not-really-fights.com. kovalchuk kinda did have the upper hand on that one though. How embarrassing for Avery.

Posted by Boogeyman2383 on January 08, 2008 at 09:52 PM

Avery hid like a pussy

Posted by forsberg21 on April 18, 2007 at 04:59 PM

lollerskates to the maxors lakingsfan19!!!!!!

Posted by DuckDad on April 21, 2007 at 03:31 PM

Cool. Avery, by sheer luck getting traded AWAY (Kings' locker room audio: "WHEW!") to a team that has fought into the playoffs, is now a running bunny on both coasts. Needle. Needle-run. Needle-scurry-hide. The funny thing is, he actually has moderate talent, If he'd PLAY instead of tweaking, he'd be dangerous. I understand he's made a play or two over there. Anyone who thinks he even showed up for more than the instigation should seriously consider detox.

Posted by danoj on April 18, 2007 at 08:51 AM

For a player like Avery to get beat by a skilled player like Kovalchuk is pathetic. Nice move acquiring him Rangers. Avery is a pussy...

Posted by Juha82 on July 14, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Not much of a fight REALLY!! Lol. But Ilya with SLIGHT WIN landing only good right.

Posted by TheGouch23 on April 18, 2007 at 12:45 PM

OK I'm a Ranger fan, but obviously Kovalchuk gets the win. However, great job by Avery getting Kovalchuk out of the game for 17 minutes, even though it really should have just been fighting majors for each guy. Thanks, Bettman and the refs. Additional Notes: -Kovalchuk should have taken his gloves off before throwing. That was cheap. -Mara should have stayed the hell away and let them fight. -Avery still lost this fight, but had the start been cleaner, it would've been a different fight. I'd like to see these guys mix it up again in Game 4, this time with no Mara's and Tkachuk's messing it up.

Posted by atlfan on July 10, 2009 at 01:01 PM

Wasn't much of a fight. But kovy was feisty and beat mr. sloppy seconds.

Posted by Lucy Brown on April 18, 2007 at 05:28 PM

Pussy move by Kovalchuk to not drop his gloves. Thats the only reason he got that first shot in on Avery. Bit of a sucker punch if you ask me. Why Mara came in I dont know. Avery can handle himself if need be. They should have let them fight. I'd like see Orr drop the gloves tonight. Nobody has had the balls to fight him since he crushed Fedorucks face.

Posted by dmk139 on April 18, 2007 at 04:20 PM

The bottom line is that the thrashers have been completely outplayed so far this series, and they dont know what else to do but throw hits and start fights. Keep trying punks! its never gonna work. And Avery is not an embarrasment to the NHL, i would say that he is everything RIGHT with the NHL. a scrappy and annoying player that takes advantage of opponent's anger

Posted by JDForCommish on April 18, 2007 at 10:24 AM

MikeBFlorida - Correcting some of your errors 1) There were 16 minutes left in the game 2) The score was 5-0 at the time 3) The Rangers were home so had the last change 4) If avery was running players then why no penalty on the hit? 5) avery has taken way more hits then given in the series without 1 single bad penalty 6) Was Avery supposed to punch Kovy's shield. Lets see Kovalchuk rip his mask off first if he is so tough. Before you post get your facts straight

Posted by bruise bros on April 19, 2007 at 11:22 AM

Seriously, its the playoffs. If Avery would have dropped before Kovalchuk, instigator all the way. Ilya didn't even drop his right glove...nothing like punching someone with a glove on. Regular season - Avery has him for an appetizer before whomever Hartley gets in the offseason to enforce goes after him. Its going to be fun to watch these teams play next season.

Posted by rangerzfan4evr on April 19, 2007 at 10:25 PM

Wasn't really even a fight. Avery got Kovalchuk pissed like he had all series and K finally lashed out but he's not a fighter, it wouldn't have ended well for him if they squared off and really fought!

Posted by NYR4L1F3 on July 05, 2007 at 01:33 AM

The only reason Avery bleed was cause of Kovalchuk cheap shotting him with his glove so it was a draw.

Posted by SCOTTSO on April 19, 2007 at 12:25 AM


Posted by bugeatsdirtx on April 18, 2007 at 01:39 PM

Kovalchuk never dropped his gloves until after the 'fight'. Avery may not have gotten in a punch but he has frustrated kovalchuk and the thrashers this whole series, and taken a lot of hits for the team. Avery is the winner overall.

Posted by Eric Godard vs. on April 18, 2007 at 05:41 PM

what was mara doing what a fagot let them fight loser

Posted by LSDave42 on April 21, 2007 at 04:15 PM

Yeah, neither of them "won." No powerplays resulted, as I understand it, so really, no one won in any sense of the word. Bleh. Man, I wanted to see those two go...

Posted by z3kingjz3 on April 18, 2007 at 11:04 AM

First of all calling Avery a punk is wrong in this case... Kovalchuk gives a cheap shot by not even taking his gloves off before throwing...Avery was willing to dance and he was standing there but didnt want to get the instigator by just dropping his gloves for no reason...So maybe next time you guys can open your eyes and watch what happens before the fight rather than Mara just protecting Avery because Kovalchuk was punching with gloves on. If you want to watch again watch as the ref pulls him away and he just then throws his right glove off of his hand

Posted by Cob37Jam on April 18, 2007 at 05:21 AM

Avery got beat by Kovalchuck, what a pussy.

Posted by scraps on April 18, 2007 at 06:32 AM

avery is a coward. Needs his friends to save him from kovalchuk. How bad is that?

Posted by Wolf_eyes on April 18, 2007 at 01:09 PM

Yes, Avery is an instigator. I am a Rangers fan, and even I hate him. But sports has a long history of players who use mental tactics to wear down opponents, vis a vis: Dennis Rodman, Terrell Owens, even Muhammed Ali. Again, as an athlete, I hate these players- but I never fought one on the ice- or in any game, because THATS WHAT THEY WANT. Avery got his a55 kicked. He deserved it. I voted for Kov in the 'who won' catagory. But guess what? Thrashers lose thier best player for five minutes, and for the rest of this short series and possibly forever, all he will think about is how much he hates avery. So Avery wins the bigger battle, which is the whole point of having him on the team.

Posted by poopies on April 19, 2007 at 12:47 AM

Avery once again hesitant about dropping the gloves. Wouldn't do it with Ruutu and wasn't quick to do it against Kovalchuk. Get yourself a pair, boy! Seriously Mara, GTFO!

Posted by lakingsfan19 on April 20, 2007 at 10:03 PM

no fight ... the punch that landed was with a glove on....

Posted by red16 on April 19, 2007 at 01:48 AM

I don't think that you can really call this a fight, it was pretty weak. But that being said, what is Mara trying to do? Is Sean Avery that big of a puss that he can't handle Kovalchuk? I'm not knocking Ilya but come on, he isn't really known for his scrapping, and as sad as that "fight" was, he still got the better of Avery, (which is great).

Posted by Chezbeck666 on April 28, 2009 at 08:59 PM

NEVER piss of the Russian!!! (go Thrashers)

Posted by The Peach on April 18, 2007 at 05:24 PM

wow, if not for "oops i crapped my pants" poti, this would have been a real fight. and avery would have had his ass handed to him. i'm impressed with ilya's jump and strength. he was all over avery in less than a second. nothing wrong with bitch slapping a pest like avery from time to time.

Posted by devilsrule551 on April 18, 2007 at 06:01 AM

That guy on the Rangers who broke it up wasdumb GO DEVILS!!!

Posted by bigpucks on April 19, 2007 at 12:59 AM

Avery got saved from an butt whipping. They better dress Orr in Rd 2 to protect him

Posted by hockeydude on October 17, 2007 at 09:33 PM

avery wasn't the greatest in that fight when kovie dropped his gloves there was no one stopping him (well except for the linesman) but i give the win to ilya

Posted by njteech on April 21, 2007 at 11:12 AM

takes two rangers to lose

Posted by qazwsxedcfv on April 18, 2007 at 04:14 PM

What is Mara doing? Did he really think Avery was going to get killed by Kovalchuk? I would argue that Mara coming in was the reason Avery got cut.

Posted by ksmqsp on April 20, 2007 at 03:57 PM

Avery is the biggest puss in the NHL

Posted by FightsMcGee on April 18, 2007 at 10:28 AM

Man did Avery get bitched out, had to have Mara come in and help him. What the hell was he doing getting involved.

Posted by Sal Acchie on April 19, 2007 at 08:03 PM


Posted by bobbys on April 18, 2007 at 02:19 PM

Good job Kovalchuk. Avery deserved it !!

Posted by CujoSmith on April 18, 2007 at 02:48 PM


Posted by jasonnyr123 on June 22, 2007 at 12:00 PM

this is a perfect example of avery's game, he pisses the other guy off so much, that the guy goes nuts. sure he lost the fight, and kovalchuk got a misconduct, and i think the rangers got a powerplay after this could be wrong, cant really remember here

Posted by newhavenblade on April 21, 2007 at 03:44 PM

Avery always instigates, but when the rubber meets the road he backs off like a wuss. Kovalchuk never goes after anyone, it was suprising to see him go all out after Avery. I think Avery was surprised too because he didn't seem prepared to handle the onslaught. Too bad Avery ducked and hid because the Russian probably would have damaged him good. It is irrelevant to say Avery took the Thrasher scorer out of the contest, the contest was done as well as the series at that point.

Posted by Crazy_Canuck on June 02, 2007 at 03:54 PM

stupid mara got in the way.

Posted by nyislesfan45 on April 18, 2007 at 03:15 PM

this was brewing for the games before, avery is under everyones skin in every game the guy walunder me is not realizing that kovy (the star player of atl.) had balls stepping up to avery...and that avery cheapshots every player in the nhl happy to see avery get his nose mashed in

Posted by exelbys_girl02 on April 18, 2007 at 11:38 AM

Avery's nothing but a little bitch. He deffinitly had it coming!!

Posted by sk8rkidd25 on April 19, 2007 at 07:33 PM

I want to know how many drugs you need to take to call Avery the winners here. He got nailed in the face and is a huge fag here. Mara is a pussy too for trying to join in. Yeah so Kovalchuk went off the ice I'm pretty sure he couldnt have won the game for his team anyway

Posted by justranting on April 18, 2007 at 05:05 PM

To all you Kovy haters you know were you can stick it! Kovy's not only quick on his skates he's quick with the fists! He punked that [email protected]#CH Avery then whooped his ass!

Posted by Vitaloath1 on June 10, 2007 at 03:11 PM

Maras's a bitch. He should let them go. I would have loved to see Kovalchuk kick avery's ass even though he did really

Posted by penguinsfan878 on April 18, 2007 at 09:27 PM

kovalchuk is sweet y'all. representin russia!

Posted by Boogaard_Peters on July 09, 2007 at 10:36 AM

avery is so good at annoying people

Posted by bradwilliams on April 18, 2007 at 09:58 AM

LOL, give it to Kovy for starting it and going with a worm like Avery. But koodo's to Avery for frustrating the shit out of Kovy, Avery is on fire playing his style of game. I know it's against the Thrasher's, but still. I wonder if Shane Hnidy will see fit to do something.......... Shane?

Posted by aP. on April 18, 2007 at 03:40 PM

Avery is a little bitch and deserved them punches.

Posted by crunkdUP on June 09, 2007 at 11:31 PM

just funny seeing ilya throwing punches haha

Posted by DARCY T on April 21, 2007 at 09:48 AM

crap fight.i dont know what mara wanted in there.

Posted by crabfish on April 19, 2007 at 02:30 PM

Come on, how can all of you give this one to Ilya..? Are you kidding me? He didn't even throw his gloves... Tough guy.

Posted by bronx1981 on April 19, 2007 at 10:48 PM

That was not a fight. YOu have to drop your gloves to be in a fight, and it was obvious Ilya didnt. Avery who did drop them, didnt throw a punch. Two roughing penalties would have been good enough for me. DRAW

Posted by theclasher on April 21, 2007 at 06:37 PM

ETR is right, I didn't see a fight. Granted Mara kind of prevented it, but I don't believe you can pick the winner of a fight based on aggression. Kovalchuk did nothing except drop the gloves and miss. He had more of a fight with the ref to get off of him.

Posted by steimy on April 18, 2007 at 10:57 PM

Not much here, but nice to see a skill player throwing. I think had they been left alone Avery would've had his way with him though.

Posted by BigBhang on April 18, 2007 at 01:59 PM

Avery is a pussy. What an embarrassment he is to the NHL.....

Posted by Longywales on April 18, 2007 at 07:14 AM

How can any1 call that a fair fight! people broke it up straight after Kovachuk threw the first punch! Avery would slaughter him any day!

Posted by GhostOfProbert on April 18, 2007 at 11:12 AM

Avery would have gotten a clean win - would have beaten K to a pulp had not Orr inexplicably and undiputedly come in as a 3rd man (WTF?!) and the linesmen gotten involved. So gotta give it to K (only because he kind of suckered Avery). Can't wait to watch tonight. In another sense, Avery won handedly...I mean, not that the Rangers needed this, but Kolvachuk was now off the ice. Take that trade any day.

Posted by wallysy1 on April 18, 2007 at 09:00 PM

Holy crap are people on this site both stupid and biased. Avery is a pest--no doubt. But kovalulchuk is an enormous cheap shot here. Not Avery. Come on. Who are you kidding? one guy-the peach even mocks poti for interfering. poti? really. i thought poti was on the islanders. and the peach is mocking? First Illya uses his stick as a weapon--pretty clear--right? they come off the boards and he tries to hurt avery with his stick -but misses. (differtn than a slash cause its only meant to injure) Then the guy never drops his gloves..thats not manly--thats not the way its done. Maybe in russia fightng is done with weapons, but in the NHL you are supposed to fight with your fists. Hockeyfights.com people---come on--you're being ridiculous. last the word bitch is just soooo cool. im wondering if any of you tough bloggers would ever EVER say this tough stuff to any hockey player? Its amazing how tough you all are when you type away. Dont hurt these guys feelings so much calling them these really tough things One thing you learn when you grow up in a tough neighborhood. the guys who call names and talk tough--have nothing behind them. avery dropped the gloves, mara realizes its stupid to fight at this point....so he just tries to play peacemaker. kovalchuk accomplishes nothing. visor on gloves on and he throws one while mara stops avery. and that is a tko? wow---u guys know nothing.

Posted by trpaulson on April 21, 2007 at 12:48 PM

Kovalchuk wins the battle but loses the war.

Posted by Jxmarts on April 19, 2007 at 06:31 PM

Avery is the modern day Esa Tikkanen... the NHL needs more agitators like him to give it much needed drama. Like Tikkanen he not only gets under his opponents' skin, but he manages to outplay them when he's at his best. In this fight, Kovalchuk went after Avery out of frustration in a 7-0 rout and landed a cheap shot with his gloved hand before the fight started, which cut Avery. When the fight did ensue, it was just a wrestling match as a bunch of players interfered. Despite the fondest wishes of Avery haters everywhere, no punches landed during the actual fight, so there's no other way to score it but as a draw.

Posted by Nyback on April 18, 2007 at 07:43 AM

Ilya is a puss for not throwing the gloves... He looks Avery up to fight, but doesnt see it through like he should have. Sean Avery is great at what he do :)