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Rangers Avery Lacerates Spleen In Game

By Wyatt Earp | April 30, 2008

Jeez, now I’ll have this story in the back of my mind during my game tonight.

NEW YORK (AP)—If the New York Rangers are going to pull off one of sport’s biggest comebacks, they will have to do it without premier motor mouth Sean Avery.

The agitating forward will spend the next few days in the hospital after lacerating his spleen during Tuesday night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

News of Avery’s hospitalization created quite a stir Wednesday, following a report that the 28-year-old had suffered a cardiac arrest and was not breathing when he arrived at the hospital.

“The first time I saw the news, it was really concerning,” said Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, Avery’s former teammate. “I heard cardiac arrest. We got (to practice) and heard ruptured spleen. It’s still a severe injury, but sounded a lot worse.”

Still, New York will be without Avery as the Rangers try to stave off elimination Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, stuck in a 3-0 series hole against Pittsburgh.

Avery was injured during Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss from a hit, possibly in the first period, but played throughout the game despite worsening pain. (H/T – )

Damn. The guy played most of the game with a lacerated spleen. Makes my look like a pansy for sitting out half a season with a femoral contusion.

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