The last time the New York Rangers played the Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers won 4-1, Sean Avery got two goals and was named the first star of the game, it was the Game of the Week on NBC, and the Flyers have not forgotten.
Avery didn't skate in the Rangers practice after their victory over the Canadiens, and Tortorella said he got "banged around," according to Steve Zipay in Blue Notes on newsday.com.
Meanwhile, Chuck Gormley, writing in the Flyer Fyles on CourierPostOnline.com, reported that Dan Carcillo will remain on the left side of a line with Claude Giroux and Danny Briere and they want revenge on Avery and the Rangers.
Gormley quoted Carcillo saying that if Avery acts up Thursday night, he’ll be there to answer the bell.
He quoted Flyers GM Paul Holmgren saying that if Avery gives Marty Biron the same “love tap” he gave Tim Thomas over the weekend, he’ll have to deal with “Killer Biron.”
The Rangers and Flyers end the regular season with a double-header. They split their last back-to-back series.
In the first game, the Flyers beat up the Rangers in Pittsburgh, winning 4-2. Avery and Nik Antropov scored and the New Yorkers hit Flyers goalie Martin Biron with 41 shots.
In the second game, Avery was the first star of the game with two goals and a penalty for fighting , as well as four big hits. Avery led the New York Rangers to revenge over the Philadelphia Flyers with a 4-1 victory at Madison Square Garden.
He got the last goal in the first game against the Flyers and the first in the grudge match. He got the insurance goal, too, to put the game out of reach. He was just an assist away from a "Gordie Howe Hat-Trick."
Although he did not get credited with an assist, he initiated the play that saw the puck go to Wade Redden, Derek Morris, and back to Avery for the score. Consider it an unofficial dime and an unofficial Gordie Howe Hat-Trick.
Just before the goal, Avery drew a penalty by playing it smart when two Flyers roughed him up in front of their net, pulling his helmet off and pushing him. Instead of retaliating, Avery backed off a bit, and as the Rangers went on a power play with the man advantage, Avery got the first goal of the game.
Avery's second goal put the game out of reach for the Flyers and he made it look easy, scoring with one hand on his stick as the puck squirted across the crease, in front of an open net, with the goalie going the other way.
At the end of the second period, Avery almost tipped in another Rangers shot from the blueline. The Flyers showed their frustration by taking penalties.
Avery drew a pair of penalties. He wrestled with the Flyers’ Jeff Carter and jawed pointedly with Mike Richards, the Flyers’ captain, for elbowing Brandon Dubinsky in the head. It was widely reported that Flyers coach John Stevens said, “[Avery’s] back to his old antics, and we got sucked in, to be quite honest with you. We started worrying about him instead of playing the game.”
As the clock ticked down, the crowd at the Garden chanted Avery’s name. They roared when he was announced as the first star of the game.
For that last two-game series, the Flyers added Daniel Carcillo to their lineup to join their enforcer, Riley Cote, to have a fighter on all four lines. This year's Flyers remind hockey fans of the Broad Street Bullies of the late '70s.
Colton Orr lined up against the Flyers new enforcer, Daniel Carcillo, who leads the NHL in penalties. Orr and Riley Cote dropped the gloves after the Flyers second goal; they have fought a few times in the past. Orr and Riley are third and fourth in penalty minutes this year. Carcillo, playing in his first game as a Flyer, leads the league in PIMs. Orr and Cote were handed five-minute penalties.
Avery was slow to get up after Richards hit him hard into the boards and the Rangers went on the power play. Avery also had a big hit on Braydon Coburn.