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Avery scores twice as Rangers romp over Maple Leafs

Apr 2, 2007 - 3:25 AM
NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Sean Avery gave the New York Rangers some breathing room in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Avery scored two goals and added an assist as the Rangers routed the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-2.

Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists and Michael Nylander had a goal and an assist for the Rangers (41-29-9), who moved into sole possession of sixth place in the East, one point ahead of the idle Tampa Bay Lightning (43-32-4).

The Rangers have won seven of their last eight contests and have recorded at least one point in 15 of their last 17 games.

Avery's first goal tied the game, 1-1, when his shot from the slot beat screened goaltender Andrew Raycroft at 5:19 of the first period.

"I just got lucky and it came right to me off a line change and I just grabbed it and shot it," Avery said. "(Brendan Shanahan) was in front and it went in."

Raycroft, who allowed four goals on just 16 shots, was pulled after Martin Straka's goal gave the Rangers a 4-1 advantage at 4:42 of the second period.

Avery capped his third multi-goal game of the season when he cut towards the front of the net and jammed the puck between netminder Jean-Sebastien Aubin's pads for a 5-2 advantage at 14:53 of the second period.

"I just grabbed the puck and picked it up," Avery said. "I was thinking what I was going to do when I went to the net. I just wanted to make sure I got the shot on and it went in."

Avery, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on February 5, has eight goals and 11 assists in 26 games with the Rangers.

"It's certainly exciting," Avery said. "I was nervous this afternoon. I was thinking that I definitely wanted to play well and have a great game. I really didn't think I was going to get a couple of goals or anything like that. I just wanted to come out and play really well and try to be a difference."

"The big thing for me, and what I really like about (Avery) is he plays hockey first," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "He's on the ice, he likes to talk and get under people's skin and do those things that are aggravating. But at the same time, it's not at the expense of doing the right thing."

New York's Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves to win his sixth straight start. He has allowed just 13 goals in that span.

Alexei Ponikarovsky and Boyd Devereaux scored for the Maple Leafs (38-30-11), who remained ninth in the East, one point behind the idle Montreal Canadiens (41-32-6).

"I don't know what to say," Toronto captain Mats Sundin said. "It was just one of those games. Obviously we are disappointed right now with what happened."

Toronto showed signs of fatigue playing its fourth game in six nights and eventually wore down against the Rangers' pressure.

"We didn't play well tonight," Toronto's Darcy Tucker said. "You got to give them credit. They worked hard and did the things they needed to do to win the game. But we got to leave this here. We can't dwell on it."

The Maple Leafs have three games left, including their season finale against the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 2 0 0 2
    NY RANGERS 2 3 2 7 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - (PP) ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY 21 (MATS SUNDIN) 1:48
    NYR - SEAN AVERY 17 (UNASSISTED) 5:19
    NYR - MICHAEL NYLANDER 25 (BRAD ISBISTER, JAROMIR JAGR) 9:14
    TOR - BOYD DEVEREAUX 8 (PAVEL KUBINA, TOMAS KABERLE) 16:35
    2ND PR

    Apr 1 9:39 PM


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    TORONTO 2
    NY RANGERS 7
    3RD PRD: NYR - JAROMIR JAGR 29 (BRAD ISBISTER) 12:14

    Maple Leafs vs. RangersApr 1 9:27 PM


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    TORONTO 2
    NY RANGERS 6
    3RD PRD: NYR - (PP) MICHAL ROZSIVAL 10 (MICHAEL NYLANDER, JAROMIR
    JAGR) 6:49

    Maple Leafs vs. RangersApr 1 9:15 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 2 0 2
    NY RANGERS 2 3 5 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - (PP) ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY 21 (MATS SUNDIN) 1:48
    NYR - SEAN AVERY 17 (UNASSISTED) 5:19
    NYR - MICHAEL NYLANDER 25 (BRAD ISBISTER, JAROMIR JAGR) 9:14
    TOR - BOYD DEVEREAUX 8 (PAVEL KUBINA, TOMAS KABERLE)

    Apr 1 8:46 PM


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    TORONTO 2
    NY RANGERS 5
    2ND PRD: NYR - SEAN AVERY 18 (UNASSISTED) 14:53

    Maple Leafs vs. RangersApr 1 8:39 PM
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    OddyOh Added 5 roots

    Maple Leafs vs. RangersApr 1 8:37 PM


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    TORONTO 2
    NY RANGERS 4
    2ND PRD: NYR - MARTIN STRAKA 29 (SEAN AVERY, BRENDAN SHANAHAN) 4:42

    Maple Leafs vs. RangersApr 1 8:17 PM


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    TORONTO 2
    NY RANGERS 3
    2ND PRD: NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 4 (JED ORTMEYER) 1:34

    Maple Leafs vs. RangersApr 1 8:11 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 2 2
    NY RANGERS 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - (PP) ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY 21 (MATS SUNDIN) 1:48
    NYR - SEAN AVERY 17 (UNASSISTED) 5:19
    NYR - MICHAEL NYLANDER 25 (BRAD ISBISTER, JAROMIR JAGR) 9:14
    TOR - BOYD DEVEREAUX 8 (PAVEL KUBINA, TOMAS KABERLE)

    Apr 1 7:50 PM


  • NHL
    TORONTO 2
    NY RANGERS 2
    1ST PRD: TOR - BOYD DEVEREAUX 8 (PAVEL KUBINA, TOMAS KABERLE) 16:35

    Maple Leafs vs. RangersApr 1 7:49 PM


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    TORONTO 1
    NY RANGERS 2
    1ST PRD: NYR - MICHAEL NYLANDER 25 (BRAD ISBISTER, JAROMIR JAGR) 9:14

    Maple Leafs vs. RangersApr 1 7:28 PM


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    TORONTO 1
    NY RANGERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYR - SEAN AVERY 17 (UNASSISTED) 5:19

    Maple Leafs vs. RangersApr 1 7:20 PM


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    TORONTO 1
    NY RANGERS 0
    1ST PRD: TOR - (PP) ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY 21 (MATS SUNDIN) 1:48

    Maple Leafs vs. RangersApr 1 7:15 PM