Avery said referee Paul Devorksi told him that he had gotten his 10-minute misconduct for going after a superstar.
"He specifically told me I got it because [Kovalchuk] is a superstar, and I can't go after a superstar," Avery said of the dialog that took place in the box with 9:07 to go in the second. "I told him I make $4 million. I'm a superstar, too."
What's next, two minute minor for looking at Kovalchuk the wrong way? Catering to the star players of the league....gotta love it!