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Thanks to Pensburgh user Dunman for finding news on Avery's injury.  Apparently the trash-talking, dirty-playing all around bad guy came within inches of death following Game 3.  For as much as Pittsburgh fans may hate him, here's to wishing him all the best in recovery.  

Avery will, without a doubt, miss the remainder of the playoffs.  As long as Pittsburgh can keep the pressure, that will only be for one more game.

The ongoing drama surrounding Gary Roberts' return is endless in and around the Pittsburgh camp.  Frankly, I'd rather not even bother teasing it.  If he plays you'll know, if he doesn't - well, you'll still know.  It just pains me to think a vet like him is really fighting to stay healthy for what may very well be the last season of his career.

New York fans are hoping the Rangers take Avery's injury to heart and rally around it for a four game turnaround.  As much as they'd love to have it happen, it won't.  Even more so when you consider Drury is dinged up, Betts took a puck to the head, Lundqvist just isn't himself and Straka can't find the net.  If anything, Pittsburgh may give a pity win to the Rangers just so they can take the series in front of the home ice crowd in Pittsburgh.  After all, they'd love to sellout another home game.  As long as Pittsburgh employs the likes of Bettman to approve the Thursday night loss, the Pens can expect more revenue from another sold-out game.

Here's a look at the stats as of Game 3.

Updated Stats

FORWARDS
Player G A Pts PIM
(7*)Beech 0 0 0 0
Crosby 2 10 12 2
Dupuis 1 2 3 10
**Hall 1 0 1 4
Hossa 3 6 9 4
Kennedy 0 2 2 4
Laraque 1 1 2 0
Malkin 5 8 13 0
Malone 3 5 8 6
(5*)Roberts 2 0 2 16
Ruutu 2 1 3 4
Staal 2 1 3 8
Sykora 4 2 6 6
(7*)Taffe 0 0 0 0
Talbot 1 1 2 6
DEFENSEMEN
Player G A Pts PIM
Gill 0 0 0 4
Gonchar 1 4 5 0
Letang 0 1 0 6
Orpik 0 1 1 6
Scuderi 0 3 3 2
(7*)Sydor 0 0 0 0
Whitney 0 3 3 15
GOALIES
Player W L SO SF SV SV%
Fleury 7 0 2 201 189 .940
Conklin 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sabourin 0 0 0 0 0 0

(*) denotes a game scratch