John Tortorella wouldn’t say today what his lineup tonight will be. But it’s crazy to think he might sit Sean Avery, isn’t it?
He won’t. Or, I’ll be shocked if he does.
Thanks to reader “mosesjd” who notified us of this alleged minor incident between Sean Avery and Ray Ferraro, who was working Game 4 for Canadian TV.
According to the story, Tortorella was ticked at Avery for that squirt, and he obviously wasn’t happy with Avery in the final 10 minutes of the game.
Whatever. I’m sure it will be the same lineup tonight, including Paul Mara’s beard.
I “borrowed” this from Steve Zipay’s blog … and I say “borrowed” because a few days ago Zipay wrote about blog-authors who straight-out steal stuff from other blogs and don’t give credit. Zip and I had a good laugh over it the other night. He wasn’t talking about me or Jane.
But he wrote this in his blog today, Tortorella talking about Nik Zherdev:
Another player trying to stay out of Torts’ Chateau Bow-Wow, Nik Zherdev, made a rare appearance at today’s optional. Zherdev played less than seven minutes in Game 4. “With Nik, I’m not gonna get into being critical of him in this venue, but some of it has to do with what we did with the lines, too,” said Tortorella. “I changed the lines around, some guys fell out of the mix. I thought Zherdev, early in that game, skated pretty well. He’s one of the most talented guys we have, we need him to score a goal in this series if we want to win it or keep competing in it, so he’s gonna be back out there, I don’t know what the lines are gonna be as the game starts.” (Aside: Why not Antropov and Zherdev together to get Z going? They seem to have some kinship. Probably worried about defense.)
While waiting for the puck drop here’s something to read: NHL.com had this nice story about how Brian Leetch still looks up to his younger brother, Eric, an Army captain.
Jane and I will be stopping in at the best seats in the house, the comments section, during the game tonight. Enjoy, and behave.