So maybe Stephen Valiquette wasn’t Sean Avery sole target tonight, after all.
What you may have seen tonight was the former Ranger’s good-natured joshing with MSG’s Stan Fischler in an interview after the game. What you didn’t see was a much uglier incident earlier in the evening that involved one of Fischler’s colleague.
Multiples witnesses have confirmed a heated altercation between Avery and MSG’s John Giannone in between the first and the second periods—one personal and serious enough that the Stars’ Krystofer Barch was forced to intervene. Still unclear is what exactly was said, although not surprisingly, I’m told it was a remark from Avery that helped escalate things.
When I called Giannone tonight to ask about it, he said he couldn’t comment. That alone suggests it was more than an innocent exchange, and one we’ll presumably hear more about in the coming days.
More on this when I have it…