From MSG:

            Same lineup, with Donald Brashear in for Aaron Voros, Lundqvist in net.

            The coach explained that not having a game-day morning skate today was a precursor to similar moves in the second half. "They're over-rated," he said.

            As for Sean Avery, the perception that he's been "leashed" is incorrect, Torts said. What he wants from Avery is to be more of a north-south player who finishes his checks  and remains an agitator, but doesn't cross the line.

           And it appears that Vinny Prospal (knee) will make the trip to Atlanta and Boston, but no date has been revealed for him to return to skating.

           We'll double check the lines in a few....

 

FIRST PERIOD

            Sean Avery gets the start with Anisimov, Kotalik, Gilroy and Redden; Turco in net for Dallas. Brad Richards puts Dallas on the board when his shot off a 2 on 1 is deflected by a sliding Marc Staal hops past Lundqvist at 2:17. With James Neal off for colliding with Lundqvist,  Avery scores his fifth, a power play goal on a slapper from the left circle, his first goal in 20 games, to tie it at 5:39...With 9:28 left, Lundqvist stabbed a Jere Lehtinen shot...Shots 8-6 Dallas...At 12:03 Anisimov off for hooking...Continued yapping by Morrow and Avery...PK does the job...Rangers take the lead when Christensen carries the puck down the right boards, flips across to Avery, who bangs the puck to Gaborik, whose backhander scoots under Turco's skates. Grossman bumps Avery while he is celebrating. This one won't end without some sparks.

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