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“It was a late hit to the head,” he said. “It was pretty vicious. He is a big, strong guy as you all know, and [Betts] didn’t see him coming. He is hurt significantly.”

Dubinsky bitten?

Schoenfeld said Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky was bitten by Caps defenseman Shaone Morrisonn in the third period and had to receive a tetanus shot after the game.

“Morrisonn [bit him],” Schoenfeld said. “As [Dubinsky] was trying to show it to the linesman, instead of looking he gave him a 10-minute misconduct. That was a double whammy for us with [Betts] out.”

Avery returns

Sean Avery returned to the Rangers’ lineup after being a healthy scratch in Game 5. Schoenfeld said the decision to play Avery was made by coach John Tortorella, who was suspended for the game after an incident with a fan during Game 5 at Verizon Center.

Avery assisted on New York’s first goal, drawing a boisterous reaction from the crowd, but he had just two hits in nearly 20 minutes and wasn’t much of a factor otherwise.