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For tonight’s game (7:30 p.m. on Versus) Mats Zuccarello is out, Sean Avery is in.
Zuccarello took a pretty dumb penalty in Game 1, one that you can chalk it up to a rookie mistake in the regular season but a pretty boneheaded boarding penalty in the first period with the Rangers down, 1-0. He’s been in and out of the lineup this season, and with the loss, it’s not a surprise that John Tortorella has opted to go with Avery to give the team some energy.
Avery needs to be the player that he’s capable of being. That’s to get under the opponent’s skin (possibly stay planted in the Capitals’ crease) and not let his emotions get the best of him. Most importantly, stay out of the box! It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s on a short leash though, so while Zuccarello sits, it might not be permanent.
Matt Gilroy, also a regular scratch near the end of the season, earned himself another game. I’m sure his goal helped, and the Rangers are going to need that secondary scoring to come to have a chance in this series.
The Rangers are sure making goalie Marty Biron earn his paycheck. Biron, sidelined since early March, is a correspondent for Blueshirts United, a fan site that’s an extension of the Rangers’ official site. The ever chatty Biron, never why in front of the camera or the mic, is taping video journals throughout the playoffs.
It’s pretty perfect to have Biron be the one to do these. He might ramble on, but he’s so insightful and there’s none of that cliche answers that athletes are so known to give.
In Video Journal 1, Biron does an interview. He reveals that in the last game of the regular season, he almost reinjured his collarbone after celebrating Chris Drury’s goal. He’s kidding of course. He’s also shaving every single day, going against the playoff tradition of letting your facial hair grow. He’s not kidding with that, I don’t think.
In Video Journal 2, Biron takes us behind the scenes at the Verizon Center, pointing out how because of the high security in Washington, dogs sniff around the team bus after it arrives to the arena, and everyone goes through another security checkpoint.
There’s also another gem, when Biron talks about an area at Verizon where you can get your shoes shined. He runs into fellow goalie Chad Johnson, who sounds a little peeved to have been waiting for the guy to shine his shoes. Good stuff.
John Tortorella claims he was in a good mood this morning, but a question by a member of the media rubs him the wrong way and he’s pissed.