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Sean Avery plays for AHL's Wolfpack in 4-1 loss to Manitoba Moose @NHLdotcom

HARTFORD, Conn. - Controversial forward Sean Avery appeared in his first competitive hockey game in two months with the American Hockey League's Hartford Wolfpack on Saturday night.

Avery was involved in two minor scrapes in Hartford's 4-1 loss to the Manitoba Moose in front of 5,899.

Avery, who was suspended by the NHL for six games in December for making a crude remark about other hockey players dating his former girlfriends, did not start but played significant time and had two shots on goal.

After entering one minute 43 seconds into the game, Avery soon found himself in a pile up behind the Manitoba net before a few teammates were quick to attract the attention of several Moose players away from the 28-year-old left winger.

With 2:23 remaining in the second period, Avery was quick to come to the defence of his new teammates, thrusting himself into the middle of another fracas behind the Moose net, and trading shoves with several Manitoba skaters.

Jason Krog had a goal and an assist to lead the Moose, while Alexandre Bolduc, Dusty Collins and Guillaume Desbiens also added singles.

Dale Weise scored for Hartford (32-20-2-0).

Karl Goehring stopped 26 of 27 shots for Manitoba.

Manitoba currently resides in the AHL's top spot with 79 points.

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