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Check out the AP game preview.

Some quotes:

Michel Therrien on how Crosby will react to his worst game of the postseason in Game 4. “I have only one answer: You’ll see tomorrow.”

Sidney Crosby: “I don’t think we’re concerned about the series or what they’re going to do, it’s what we have to do.”

Brooks Orpik: “I was kind of laughing about it, everybody is panicking — not in our room — but you hear all these people saying, ‘I don’t know now, I don’t know now.'”

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On the ice: Expect the same lineup in Game 5 that we saw in Game 4. Sam Weinman reports that Jason Strudwick is likely to play in place of Christian Backman again.

Off the ice: Sean Avery is still in the hospital, but was moved out of the ICU this morning.  That’s good news for Avery.  Get well soon!

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Here’s a youtube video of the Sean Avery interview we talked about in this earlier post.

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I highly recommend you watch the replay of Game 5 on MSG, if only for the post game show featuring John Giannone’s interview of Sean Avery. Some gems from the interview

In response to whether the Devils were targeting him, Avery said, “Guys like Clarkson, who’s not much of a player, and really is not that effective. He was trying to play with me, and we know he can’t.”

On how much the Rangers physical play impacted Brodeur, Avery said, “I think he probably did it to himself more than anything. I think, you know, if you watch the games, he dove and was out of position a lot. It’s just us playing hard and playing hockey.”

On whether he was surprised that Brodeur didn’t want to shake his hand, Avery offered this gem, “Well, everyone talks about how classy or un-classy I am, and fatso there just forgot to shake my hand I guess. . . We outplayed him. I outplayed him. We’re going to the second round.”

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After jumping out to a 4-1 lead, the Rangers held on for 5-3 victory.

I don’t have much to say about the game itself other than the Rangers really dominated play throughout the game and seemed to fall victim to a few unlucky bounces. Let’s hope that’s out of their system and we stop bouncing pucks into our own net. Also, the 3rd period was a superb performance by Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers defense. But especially Lundqvist. That penalty shot save was a thing of beauty.

Best unintentional comedy of the night: 14:45 left in the 1st period, the Devils P.A. announcer starts to announce the Devils first goal in that super-excited announcer voice. “a NEW Jersey DEVVVVIIILLLLS goalll scored by NUMBER 14, Brrrrrrr-ian, Gionnnnnntaaaaa.” Meanwhile, the Rangers had already tied it up and were starting a power play on which they were about to take the lead. Maybe a little bit more sense of the moment would be appropriate there?

As for handshake-gate, I think it’s a little childish of Brodeur to pass Avery by. The handshake line in hockey is supposed to be a beautiful display of sportsmanship, where 2 teams who have been beating the hell out of each other for 2 weeks can shake hands and say job well done. It’s disappointing to see a future hall-of-famer like Marty disrespect the tradition like that. Here’s how I think the Avery/Brodeur exchange on the handshake line went.

  • Brodeur: I’m not going to shake your hand. You have no class.
  • Avery: Are you upset because I scored 3 goals on you this series?
  • Brodeur: NO! [starts crying]. I played like crap. I gave up a bad goal in EVERY game. Plus, I got called for diving. I suck 😦
  • Avery: Whatever, fatso.

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