Avery, Rangers Top Crosby-less Penguins 5-2

Leafs blow past Islanders, Flyers take down Thrashers
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2008 10:00 PM CDT
New York Rangers' Sean Avery, right, celebrates with teammate Michal Rozsival (3), of the Czech Republic, after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 18, 2008.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Newser) – Sean Avery scored twice for the New York Rangers in their 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The win puts New York back on track after a two-game skid broke their 13-game point streak. Sidney Crosby missed his third straight game with teh Pens to nurse his high ankle sprain, and the reigning MVP is expected to miss at least one more, reports the Associated Press. Elsewhere in the NHL:

  • The Maple Leafs bested the Islanders 3-1 to keep their playoff hopes alive. Toronto trails Philadelphia by six points for the eighth and final playoff spot.
  • The Flyers tightened their grip on the final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 win over the Thrashers. It was Philadelphia’s 10th straight win over Atlanta.