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The New York Rangers earned a key win their last time out as they work to put a sluggish start behind them. A matchup with the struggling Anaheim Ducks, along with the possible return of Sean Avery, could help them continue to do that.
Coming off their first home win, the Rangers may have the agitating Avery back in the lineup Thursday night as they try to deal the visiting Ducks a fourth straight loss.
Avery failed to make the team during the preseason and was sent to the minors, but in need of a more edgy and physical presence, the Rangers (4-3-3) moved to bring him back this week. Avery cleared re-entry waivers Tuesday and is back on the roster, though there's no guarantee he'll dress for Thursday's contest.
Coach John Tortorella said this week that he might not have a spot for the fan favorite, adding that he didn't want to "force feed" the lineup. New York, though, is missing the rugged play of forward Mike Rupp, out with a left knee injury.
"I don't know what the lineup's going to be come our next game," Tortorella said. "We'll see how it all works out."
If Avery plays, he'll be joining a team that will be looking to build on a 5-2 win over a San Jose club which had won five straight. It was New York's first victory in three games at the renovated Madison Square Garden.
Ryan Callahan scored twice during New York's three-goal second period and Martin Biron made 24 saves. Biron getting his second start of the season means Henrik Lundqvist will likely be back in net Thursday as he looks to end a three-game losing streak.
Lundqvist has allowed four goals in each of his last two starts. He has dropped two straight to Anaheim, the most recent being a 2-1 shootout loss Oct. 8 as the teams met in Sweden.
The Rangers had won three straight in the series before those two losses. New York, though, has won the last two matchups at MSG.
The Ducks (5-5-2) have dropped three in a row and six of seven. On Tuesday, Anaheim gave up the tying goal with 42 seconds left in regulation and lost 5-4 in overtime at Washington.
The Ducks led 3-0 and 4-2, but they were outshot 31-9 after the first period, including 18-4 in the third.
"We just seem to find a way to lose right now and we definitely have to forget about it and concentrate on the good things and I know everyone can play better, and I have to start with myself," said Jonas Hiller, who has lost five of his last six starts with a 3.59 goals-against average.
Hiller made 14 saves against the Rangers on Oct. 8 and stopped all four of their shootout attempts.
Teemu Selanne turned in another strong game Tuesday with two goals and two assists. The 41-year-old forward leads his team with 14 points and has 15 goals and 11 assists in 24 games versus the Rangers, though he has managed only one assist in the last four.
Fatigue may be a factor for Anaheim, which is 1-2-2 on a seven-game, 13-day road trip that ends Saturday against Detroit.
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To the joy of Sean Avery supporters everywhere, the enigmatic winger is back with the New York Rangers. The Blueshirts put Avery on re-entry waivers at the beginning of the week only to watch Avery go unclaimed by the rest of the National Hockey League. Avery is eligible to play in Thursday’s game against the [...]
I will bring whatever it is that is asked of me at this point. I think my game is pretty self-explanatory as far as what it is and where it comes from, and how it happens. Listen, we are all here because we want to play for the Rangers. I love this team. I want [...]
via Larry Brooks of the NY Post, The stage is set for Sean Avery’s return to the Rangers this afternoon via re-entry, but The Post has been told Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow has been coy concerning the possibility of claiming the winger on waivers.
It’s a long shot, given the combination of Avery’s stated desire of playing only for the Rangers and the enemies he...
… in all honesty there is no reason to change the lineup after the way they played against San Jose and even Sean Avery knows that. I would rather have a fresh Avery in against a smaller, faster Montreal team than against Anaheim on Thursday.
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Sean Avery cleared re-entry waivers on Tuesday and might be back in the New York Rangers' lineup Thursday night.
The Rangers tweet that John Tortorella confirms Sean Avery will get his first start of the season tomorrow vs. the Canadiens....ok Sean, we chanted, we brought banners, we begged and even pleaded. Now here's your chance. Don't F it up.Meanwhile, Wojtek Wolski will be getting an MRI on his groin and is out tomorrow.Steve Zipay reports that Mike Rupp will have arthroscopic...
The New York Rangers placed exiled winger Sean Avery on re-entry waivers Monday, potentially clearing the way for the veteran agitator to make his 2011 NHL debut later this week, the New York Post reported.
Avery, 31, was dropped to the waiver wire for the second time in his career prior to the star of the season after failing to snag a roster spot on coach John Tortorella's...
We all put our pants on one leg at a time right? Sure. But what about the rest of the process? For New York Ranger Sean Avery, it’s a very, very slow one, at least for the purposes of his “The Way I Dress” video. He’s the latest to appear in the series, which is featured on Mr. Porter’s Journal. Mr. Porter is a luxury-goods website and the men’s version of popular Net...
Sean Avery skated with the Rangers on Wednesday but won’t play in Thursday’s game against Anaheim at Madison Square Garden.
Sean Avery practiced with the Blueshirts Wednesday but the noted agitator will not be in the lineup Thursday night against Anaheim.
Per the request of John Tortorella Sean Avery <a title="Avery "excited"" href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=598600" target="_blank">is back in the Big Apple. It’s good to hear those two are friends again…. HA! I can only hope that the Rangers start tanking cuz if they do, the shizz will hit the fan. I still don’t see...
For all the hullaballoo about Sean Avery descending to the AHL, the Connecticut Whale didn't even get a single home game with him on the roster before he was brought back to the New York Rangers through re-entry waivers. Which has to be the most depressing thing to happen to Hartford since ... well, we simply don't have the time ...
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Sean Avery could be heading back to New York while Niklas Kronwall is staying in Detroit for seven more years. (NBC Sports)
John Tortorella yesterday endorsed the Rangers' move to reinstate Sean Avery, the coach stating before last night's 5-2 Garden victory over the Sharks, "It's the right decision."
Of course after the game, Tortorella would not guarantee Avery a spot in the lineup Thursday against the Ducks even if...