What if Ovie was Avery?

After watching Alex Ovechkin score two goals and had an assist against Pittsburgh in Game 5 while Sergei Gonchar watched from the sidelines, I have one question: If Sean Avery had made the same hit on Gonchar would he be playing in Game 5?

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I think we all know the answer.

Rich Duryea,  Yorktown Heights, N.Y.