A couple of real quick notes:
<li>Again, the reports of Sean Avery going into cardiac arrest last night are false. The wing reported discomfort in between periods, but it wasn’t until shortly after the game that he and team doctor Andrew Feldman drove to St. Vincent’s. At no point did he lose consciousness, and it wasn’t 3 a.m. that he went to the hospital, but closer to 11 p.m.
While most of his teammates didn’t know the severity of Avery’s condition, they at least knew enough to confirm that it wasn’t anything life-threatening. Brendan Shanahan joked he knew the rumors were going too far when he read that he was the one who had to issue mouth-to-mouth to his distressed teammate.
<li>Either way, though, Avery is out for the rest of the season, and with Blair Betts and Chris Drury banged up as well, the Rangers had Lauri Korpikoski, Greg Moore, and P.A. Parenteau in practice. Drury, who has what Tom Renney calls a “torso injury,” sounds more likely for tomorrow than Betts, who may have fractured a cheek bone after taking a puck to the face. Either way, we’re not likely to know anything more until tomorrow.
<li>Jaromir Jagr backtracked from saying tomorrow could be his last game, but he did go at length to talk about his ups-and-downs this season. But he wasn’t revealing what his thoughts were for next season. Neither would Shanahan, who nipped all questions about next year in the bud.
OK, more in a bit…