NEW YORK -- THREE STARS
The Rangers welcomed back a familiar pest last night. Sean Avery, out since Nov. 29 after having wrist surgery, wasn't expected to play until Boxing Day vs. Carolina, but felt healthy enough to come back early. The Rangers expected he would provide a boost ... The Senators will likely send C Cody Bass back to Binghamton once the roster freeze is lifted Thursday, but he had another chance to prove himself last night. RW Brian McGrattan, who had only one shift in the 4-3 loss to Chicago on Saturday and was minus-1, was a healthy scratch vs. the Rangers. Bass wasn't brought up on an emergency basis, which means he didn't have to return when C Mike Fisher suffered an oblique muscle strain.