It was about as fine an individual peformance by a Ranger since Mark Messier's, "We will win", hat trick performance against the Devils. He used finesse, guile, brute force, intimidation and class to totally and almost single handily dismantle and destroy a hockey team. The Stars were shutout the night before by the Devils. Last night they were neutered by a devil, Sean Avery.
He scored on a beautiful shot past an outclassed Marty Turco who was quite "delinquent" on the shot. He fed a blind pass to Gaborik for a goal and he was Gretzkyesque on a beautiful 180 and a feed to Drury. He picked up another assist on a cannon from Ales Kotalik. He not only broke his scoring slump but helped Kotalik and Drury continue to climb out of their slumps.
He displayed the kind of performance us 'Averyites' have been hoping for. He was finally unleashed. Hopefully the John Tortorella reign of terror against Avery is over. This kind of Avery will overcome a lot of Ranger sins, like the continued poor play of Rozsival and Redden and the lack of scoring.
Of course there was Henrik Lundqvist. It seems there is always going to be Henrik Lundqvist. Henceforth, we shall call him Henrik the Horse. A while back I posted a story about how Gaborik was the Lone Ranger and there was no Tonto. Last night, at least for one game, Sean Avery was Tonto.