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Rangers, With Sean Avery but Without Coach Tortorella, Lose to Capitals

Published by on April 26, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Former Ranger defenseman Tom Poti led the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 win over the New York Rangers, who were playing without their coach, to tie the teams' first-round NHL Playoff series at three games apiece. Sean Avery returned to the line-up to help the Rangers avoid getting another doughnut on the scoreboard.

The Rangers played poorly in their last game, in which they were without Avery, but had a hard-hitting match with him in Madison Square Garden. It ended up that the Rangers missed their enforcer, Colton Orr (a healthy scratch), more than coach John Tortorella.

The Capitals enforcer, Donald Brashear, knocked out Blair Betts halfway through the first period. Brashear was also involved in an incident in the pre...

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