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Avery returns as Tortorella serves ban

Updated: April 26, 2009, 7:59 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Sean Avery was back in the New York Rangers' lineup Sunday and John Tortorella was not behind the bench for Game 6 of their first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals.

Assistant GM and interim assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld took over head coaching duties for Sunday's game, with the Rangers needing a win to eliminate the Caps, after Tortorella was suspended one game by the NHL on Saturday night because he threw a water bottle at a fan in Game 5.

"He obviously ...

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