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The Rangers’ Weekend Included an Unusual Amount of Chatter About Spitting

The Rangers split their games up in Canada this weekend — Martin Biron shut out the Leafs on Saturday, then, as usual, they lost in Montreal last night — and bizarrely, the past couple of days have included not one, but two, stories (or perhaps more accurately, non-stories) that involved spitting and/or alleged spitting.

First, on Saturday, Deadspin published a post about Internet rumors that Sean Avery was scratched from the Connecticut Whale lineup on Friday night because he spit on coach Ken Gernander. But the team said Saturday that Avery hadn't spit on anyone, while Avery took to Twitter tell his followers "Try not to BELIEVE everything u read." Added the winger: "Gentlemen don’t spit."

Then last night, a YouTube clip claimed to show Montreal's P.K. Subban spiting at Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto. (The video was then picked up by the SNY Rangers Blog, which ran a post called called, "WATCH: PK Subban SPITS at Michael Del Zotto.") But while the video does indeed show Subban spitting, Subban denied he was spitting at Del Zotto, who was skating by the Canadiens bench at the time. Subban's post-game quote: "I know him. I wasn't spitting at anybody." Del Zotto, meanwhile, was unaware the alleged spitting incident had even occurred. Said the defenseman: "I don't know what you're talking about. I'd have to see it."

Here's the video if you'd like to see for yourself, though unfortunately, athlete-loogey expert Jerry Seinfeld has yet to provide his analysis.