Here are a few more quotes from tonight’s post-game:
“Certainly I’m happy with the game and the way that I played, but If I start doing this on a consistent basis, then it’s something to get happy about.”
What was different for you:
“I was getting paid by two teams.”
Then the third-person reference:
“It’s the way that Sean Avery needs to play. I’ve been thinking about it a lot, and that’s just the way it has to happen for me to be effective. I’ve got to stay consistent with it.”
“I can take a lot of good things out of tonight, but it doesn’t really mean anything unless I come back and play that way tomorrow night. That’s what I have to do to help this team.”
I asked him if he understood what wasn’t happening before:
“I don’t know. I don’t know.
“I think maybe it had to do with some bounces tonight that I haven’t gotten. Maybe that’s the wave that’s changing here, that I’m going to get a couple of those. I think I’ve been working hard. I just hope that it keeps going. That’s what has to happen.”
Tortorella post-game (for those just joining us, Tortorella spoke about Avery at length before the game, and it’s in an earlier post).
“I think he has struggled as of late. … I’m happy for him. He’s given us some good minutes. I wish he hadn’t taken the misconduct because it took him out of the game a little bit, but I’m happy for the guy. He gets this game done with and he obviously was a big part of us winning it.
“I don’t know where this leash and handcuffs all started because there has been no leash or handcuffs on Sean Avery. We have really tried to push him the past couple of months into trying to get his game back and play this way. And I’ve stated right from the get-go, I want Sean Avery on edge. There have been no handcuffs, no leash. When he crosses the line, it’s my job to try to bring him back. That’s the deal Sean and I have. We talked after the misconduct and the cross-checking penalty — I didn’t see the cross-check; I’m not sure if he deserved it. But we talked and I said, ‘Sean, now play. Now play.’ I think we have good communication. I think he understands what we’re saying. So I call bull(excrement) on the leash and handcuffs and stuff like that. That has never been brought up with Sean Avery.”
“It’s a situation where, I don’t consider Sean Avery different than anybody else. But there needs to be a two-way street there.”
On the calls Avery gets, or doesn’t get:
“I still dont think he has shed all the stuff that comes around him within the game itself. I think the officials are doing a much better job. I don’t htink he got a break when he first came back into the league (after his suspension). I think that’s come a long way here.”
“I thought our power play was brutal tonight.”
Apparently, Tortorella and Marc Crawford had some words after the game. Not sure if it was in anger or not, or if the TV cameras caught it.
“That’s between Crow and me,” was all Tortorella would say.