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It is typically called the “Gordie Howe” hat trick, but nowadays most fans don’t even know who won the Stanley Cup last year let alone who some surly 79-year old Canadian is. So, Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Sean Avery made an attempt to update the term as he scored a goal, got an assist and fought.

Sean AveryBy doing so he energized the Rangers toward a 3-2 shootout victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It would be the first victory the Rangers have picked up on the road so far this season.

Marcel Hossa finished off Maple Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala, which ended a long and intense game where action began during the pre-game skate between Avery and Darcy Tucker. The pair then confronted each other early when they each took unsportsmanlike conduct penalties 11 minutes into the first period when Tucker challenged Avery to a fight.

The two minutes in the box made Avery change his mind and within 10 seconds of getting out of the box the gloves were dropped. Punches were exchanged as Avery eventually came down on top of Tucker and the referees broke up the action.

In the second period Avery proved he’s more than just a goon when he made a great pass from behind the net right onto the stick of Brendan Shanahan who scored his fifth goal of the season to put the Rangers ahead 1-0.

After the goal the line remained on the ice and this time Shanahan helped Avery complete his unique hat trick by knocking the puck out of mid-air and on goal. Toskala made the save, but with Avery right at the doorstep he was quickly able to score on the rebound giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead.

The Rangers played a very strong second period. Scott Gomez consistently made good passes to Avery and Shanahan and Toronto had trouble getting the puck out of their defensive zone for most of the period.

This was a big win for the Rangers. They were finally able to get that elusive victory on the road and they proved that they can win without Henrik Lundqvist in net. The game also showed that even when Jaromir Jagr is not at his best the Avery’s line can still step up.

Rob Abruzzese’s articles can also be read In The Dirt.

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