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Say What?!? - May 17

"I knew after that game, if he didn't scratch me, it would be a mistake for our team, not this year but next year and the year after that. Whatever he's instilling now is something that had to be done. It was in the middle of the playoffs and I put myself and the team in jeopardy, but he had to do it."

- Sean Avery of the New York Rangers on the decision by coach John Tortorella to bench the notorious pest in Game 5 of their first round series against the Washington Capitals.

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