Last night in the Rangers 6-3 loss to the Devils Sean Avery played only two shifts in the the third period for a total of two minutes.
As Larry Brooks points out, Avery was not on the ice for any goals by either team nor did he take any penalties.
Avery had seven shifts in both the first and second period and ended the game with a total of 10:56.
He did lead the Rangers with four hits,
Over the weekend, both Wade Redden and Erik Christensen were benched during third periods.
…Avery and John Tortorella have had a strange relationship. Avery is clearly not the same type of player that he was under Tom Renney, unless he scores. When Avery gets a goal he reverts back to his nature of agitating and is all over the ice. He has eight this season and that isn’t enough. He has been moved up and down the Rangers lineup all season long and seemed to be skating with the fourth line at practice today.
Avery has two more years left on his deal after this and is going to be with the Rangers. He needs to get his game or his persona or whatever back in check because the way he is right now, whether its Tortorella holding him back or not, isn’t doing anything for the Rangers.