Chris Pronger Called for 'Sean Avery Rule'
At the time, the NHL released the following statement: "An unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty (Rule 75) will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender's face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play."
During Friday's Flyers-Flames game, Philadelphia's Chris Pronger was called for it during the overtime period of his team's 3-2 shootout loss, negating what would have been a game-winning goal.
With Calgary's Mark Giordano in the penalty box, Pronger was positioned in front of Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, and with his back turned to the net, removed his hand from his stick and appeared to wave it in front of Kiprusoff's face. Just a moment later, the puck, shot by Mike Richards, came through and went into the net for what appeared to be the game-winner.
The goal was eventually disallowed and Pronger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The issue, of course, is that Pronger wasn't actually facing the goaltender as Avery was, which is what the league's interpretation of the rule was back in 2008 -- the player had to be facing the goalie. Continuing with the gong show is that the "rule" isn't actually listed as part of Rule 75 (at least not as far as the one that's made public by the league). All we have to go on is the league's interpretation of the rule from 2008.