Don Cherry wasn't too happy with Chris Pronger's Sean Avery imitation on Friday.
The Philadelphia Flyers defenceman used an unorthodox way of screening Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff during overtime, waving his hand in front of the netminder's face, and the Flyers scored seconds later.
But the goal was waved off and Pronger got a penalty, setting the stage for Calgary's win in a shootout.
Cherry told Hockey Night in Canada viewers on Saturday that the veteran defenceman should have known better.
"This is beneath a guy like Chris," he said on his Coach's Corner segment. "You cannot have him doing this stuff."
Pronger fell victim to a rule implemented by the NHL soon after the New York Rangers' Avery tried to distract New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur by facing the netminder and waving his stick in Brodeur's face during their clash in the 2008 playoffs.
The difference here was that Pronger wasn't facing Kiprusoff, but he briefly waved his glove in front of the goalie's face before the puck went in. Pronger wasn't happy with the call after the game.
“I wasn’t turned around waving at him,” he said after the game. “I put my hand back on my stick as the puck went in the net. It’s infuriating. It should’ve been two points [for us] instead of one. There’s no question about it. All you have to do is watch the replay. It doesn’t really matter, does it? I’m not going to get into a 'he said she said' with the refs.”
Naturally Kiprusoff disagreed with Pronger's assertion.
“It’s the right call,” he said. “Maybe the referee called it a little late, but he saw it. That’s why he called it. I think everybody saw it. He did it before the shot, but that’s the rule. If you do it, that’s automatically two minutes.”
If it was a matter of coaching strategy, Cherry said, Pronger was the wrong guy to do it.
"If you're going to have a guy do that, you have a jerk on your club do it," he said. "You don't have a guy like Pronger [do it]."