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Sidney Crosby facing NYR Thurs; Chad Johnson up; Avery retiring

On what has turned out to be a newsy post-lunch as I adapt to a new laptop...

I have the Crosby and Avery stories up on newsday.com, and here's the latest: Goalie Chad Johnson has been summoned from Connecticut, according to the AHL website.

I missed the optional this morning in order to scoop up a new laptop from the office to replace my fried model, but reporters there said Martin Biron was the lone goalie on ice with out a half-dozen skaters. That usually indicates a Henrik Lundqvist start that evening. But...

It appears that Johnson is here as a precaution, to back up either Biron or Lundqvist, but the team has not responded to a question about the two goalies' availability.

Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto were among those who did not skate and are questionable tonight against Carolina...

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