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Scratched Sean Avery "disappointed, not discouraged"


Sean Avery went to the movies here in San Jose last night and saw "The Adjustment Bureau", and tonight in the real world, the left winger will himself have to adjust at the Shark Tank.

For the first time this season, Avery (3-21-24) is a healthy scratch. Erik Christensen, scratched for the last two games, returns to the lineup against the Sharks.

"I want to get Erik back in...he wasn't playing that badly...and I think Sean has been inconsistent," coach John Tortorella said after the morning skate. Avery stayed on ice with defenseman Steve Eminger, the other scratch, with the assistant coaches long after backup goalie Chad Johnson left.

Avery's reaction to the use of the word "inconsistent". Q: "Think you've been inconsistent?"

A: "I'd have to think about that a little bit more before I answer."

"I'm disappointed I can't help the team win, but not discouraged, no, I had a good skate out there, worked on some things...I've played too long to get discouraged...I hope that we get two points, that the guys play a great game and go back to work on Monday and just work hard again"

Tortorella would not say whether Avery---or Eminger, who he chose over Matt Gilroy for the scratch----would be back against the Islanders next week. "Nothing is forever," he said.

A year to the day, Avery was scratched before a game with the Thrashers and responded with three goals and three assists in the next seven, before he injured his right knee in a collision against the Leafs on March 27 and lost for the season.

Christensen (9-11-20 in 50 games) will play with Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal....



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