We’d be foolish in thinking Sean Avery would escape Madison Square Garden without causing at least a minor stir.
So in the absence of making any real impact on the ice, he instead settled for a jab at Stephen Valiquette, who in a story in today’s Post, implied that Avery had worn out his welcome in New York.
“Valiquette is really a minor-leaguer and heâ€™s got to get noticed, so what betterÂ way than to talk about me,” Avery said of a goalie who is actually 2-0 with a shutout so far this season.
Again, we shouldn’t be surprised. Nor should we be surprised that the Rangers were soon bypassed after an encouraging start. It’s a familiar trend: score early, overwhelm your opponent with chances but fail to cash in again, then suffer the consequences late.
“We have to adjust a little bit, but we had our chances,” Scott Gomez said. “You are in trouble when you don’t have chances.”
Henrik Lundqvist rightly noted that a defensive breakdown in the third period led to the puck on the stick of the wrong guy in the slot. Sure enough, Mike Modano buried it. Game over.
As for Avery, Lundqvist wouldn’t say what the left wing said to him, but it sounds like it wasn’t family material.
“It’s not going to be in the newspaper,” Lundqvist said.