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Drury in, Zuccarello in; Avery out

Posted By On April 9, 2011 @ 10:34 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 128 Comments

Will have Tortorella quotes, however brief, soon.

Chris Drury is back in (he’ll add some juice, the coach said). Mats Zuccarello is in, presumably in case of a shootout. That means Sean Avery — who agitates the heck out of the Devils — is prucha’d.

Also, Matt Gilroy is in for Steve Eminger.

Back in a few.


John Tortorella:

On the mood of the team:

“I haven’t see them yet. I’m sure they’ll be just fine. Why wouldn’t they be? It’s a great opportunity.”

“Gilly’s in for Emmy, and let me make sure you understand. Emmy has given us some really good minutes. I thought he stepped in really nice a couple games ago when McDonagh was struggling a bit. So, that was a tough decision. But we’re hoping maybe we get out of our end zone a little quicker with Gilly as far as a first pass, and maybe add some offense and we’ll see where it goes.

“Dru will be in, Sean Avery ¬†will be out, and Zucc ,who’s been called up, will be in the lineup.”

“Dru is Dru. He’s been wanting to go for a little bit here. I’m not sure exactly how much he’ll play. I’ll see. He’ll take some faceoffs, he’ll kill some penalties, but he gives us a little bit of juice as far as coming back; our captain is back in the lineup, so we’ll see how it goes as we proceed in the game.”

Do you know where he’ll play?

“Not sure. I am sure, but I’m not telling you. I’m not giving my lineup. … Gilly will be with McCabe.”

“I think (Drury) is well respected. He’s not a holler guy in the room. He leads by example. I think when you look at him, how hard he’s worked with a chronic knee here, and I think the same thing goes for Prospal, one of our other older guys — how hard he worked to get back. I think that just adds something to your lockerroom. He’s just so well-respected by his teammates and, you know, he’s been known to make big plays at big times in big games, so we’ll see where it goes.”

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