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Sean Avery wants to see a new coach in New York.

Sean Avery made his NHL career as an agitating forward, but now it seems since his time away from the league he does his agitating through his Twitter account.

Avery made his thoughts known about his former coach and current bench boss of the New York Rangers, John Tortorella, shortly before the puck dropped in the game between New York and Montreal at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.

The tweet read: "Fire this CLOWN. His players hate him and wont play for his BS…. @imseanavery is #winning."

Sidney Crosby will be out for awhile.

Sidney Crosby has a broken jaw and is out indefinitely after being hit in the mouth with a puck during a win against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins said on the team website Sunday that Crosby had surgery Saturday night, and there will be an update on his status later in the week.

The Blackhawks ruined the Red Wings celebrations.

In less than two minutes, the Chicago Blackhawks did all the damage they needed to do.

Brandon Saad had two goals and an assist and Dave Bolland scored twice in the Chicago Blackhawks 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

Sunday was Gordie Howe’s 85th birthday, and the Red Wings wore jerseys with Howe’s retired No. 9 during warmups.

Cheryl here...I felt this needed to be added. It's always tragic when we lose someone in the hockey community, but it's even more tragic when it happens from a dirty hit on the ice. From Puck Daddy:

Tragic news out of the Kazakhstan Vyschaya Liga, the highest professional hockey league in Kazakhstan, where Russian forward Dmitri Uchaykin has passed away the morning after being hospitalized due to a hit to the head.

Uchaykin suited up Saturday night for his club, HC Ertis-Pavlodar, in a game versus HC Arystan. Midway through the game, he was knocked unconscious on a high hit from Arystan forward Donatas Kumeliuskas.

He was taken immediately to hospital, lapsing into a coma on the way there. The following morning, he died.

Condolences go to Dmitri's family, which includes a pregnant wife and young daughter. He was only 33 years old.