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NHL news and notes: March 9

NHL news and notes: March 9

Friday, March 9, 2007

The goalies below have been confirmed by a source:

Dominik Hasek, Detroit Red Wings - Hasek is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Kings, reports the Detroit News. He has been inactive the past week due to a groin injury (uh-oh) and a final determination on his status will be made after the morning skate.


The goalies below have not been confirmed by any sources:

Brent Johnson, Washington Capitals - Johnson is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Hurricanes.

Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes - Ward is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Capitals.

Marty Turco, Dallas Stars - Turco is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Blue Jackets. Mike Smith started last night and lost, so it's sure to be Turco tonight.

Fredrik Norrena, Columbus Blue Jackets - Norrena is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Stars.

Mathieu Garon, Los Angeles Kings - Garon is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Red Wings.

Manny Fernandez, Minnesota Wild - Fernandez is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Sabres. Niklas Backstrom was terrific last night, just as he's been for much of the past month, but Fernandez has to start sooner or later. Unfortunately, his injury might not have only opened the door for Backstrom, but it could also lead to coach Jacques Lemaire's famous goalie rotation. Lemaire meanwhile didn't feel like revealing his starting goalie, as expected.

Ty Conklin, Buffalo Sabres - Conklin is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Wild.

Dwayne Roloson, Edmonton Oilers - Roloson is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Ducks.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Ducks - Giguere is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Oilers.

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks - Luongo is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Sharks.

Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks - Nabokov is the probable starter for Friday's game against the Canucks .


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Hockey Today - March 9
Fri, Mar 9, 2007
By Associated Press

Vancouver at San Jose (10:p.m. EDT). 30 The Canucks are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games after Tuesday night's 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay.

STARS Thursday

-Petr Prucha, Rangers, scored on a power play late in the third period to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Islanders and a sweep of the home-and-home series.

-Jason Arnott, Predators, scored twice - his 299th and 300th NHL goals - and had an assist in Nashville's 6-3 over Calgary.

-Mike Fisher and Dean McAmmond, Senators, each scored twice in Ottawa's 5-1 win over Toronto.

UGLY INCIDENT

Chris Simon was thrown out of the New York Islanders' 2-1 loss Thursday night after striking Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg in the face with his stick. The hit flattened Hollweg with 6:31 remaining and left him motionless on his stomach for several minutes in the Rangers' zone. Petr Prucha scored on the resulting long power play to give the Rangers the win and a sweep of the home-and-home series between the local rivals.

ANOTHER MARTY MILESTONE

Martin Brodeur stopped 21 shots in New Jersey's 4-3 shootout win over Pittsburgh on Thursday to earn his 40th win of the season. Brodeur has won 40 games for the sixth time and became the only goaltender to win 40 in consecutive seasons on multiple occasions.

STREAKING

Minnesota is 10-3-3 in its last 16 games after Thursday night's 2-1 win over Boston. The Wild are 4-0 in Boston and have only lost to the Bruins once in seven games. ... St. Louis is 7-3-1 in its last 11 games after a 5-3 win over Dallas. ... Ed Belfour is 8-2-2 in his past 12 starts, including Florida's 2-1 win over Philadelphia. ... The New York Rangers are 4-0-1 in their past five games and have moved into an eighth-place tie in the Eastern Conference with 15 games left after a 2-1 win over the Islanders.

SLUMPING

Dallas has scored just five goals, going 0-2-2 in its last four games, after a 5-3 loss to St. Louis on Thursday night.

POWER FAILURE

Philadelphia failed on six power-play opportunities in Thursday night's 2-1 loss to Florida and is 2-for-39 in the past nine games. The Flyers are 5-for-52 with the man advantage in the 11 games since Peter Forsberg was traded.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Jarome Iginla scored twice in Calgary's 6-3 loss to Nashville on Thursday night.

SPEAKING

''You can't just two-hand a guy in the face with your stick. Let's just see if Colin Campbell finally does something about this stuff and doesn't give him three games like he gave that other meathead from New Jersey.'' - New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery on the Islanders' Chris Simon, who was thrown out of Thursday night's game after striking Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg in the face with his stick. NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell recently handed down a three-game suspension to New Jersey's Cam Janssen, who landed a late hit last week on Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

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Simon ejected for smacking Hollweg in face with stick
Fri, Mar 9, 2007
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Chris Simon was thrown out of the New York Islanders' loss Thursday night after striking Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg in the face with his stick.

The hit, which conjured memories of the shot Marty McSorley landed to the head of Donald Brashear seven years ago, flattened Hollweg with 6:31 remaining and left him motionless on his stomach for several minutes in the Rangers' zone.

Simon was immediately ejected from the game, slapped with a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure. While Hollweg recovered quickly and needed only a few stitches to repair a cut on his chin, Simon will likely feel the sting of his actions for quite some time.

''I think I'll wait until I talk to the league office, and then I'll answer all questions afterward,'' Simon said after his penalty led to the deciding goal in the Islanders' 2-1 loss. ''I've always been known as a team guy, and I feel real bad about letting the team down.''

McSorley was suspended for the final 23 games in the 2000 season for knocking out Brashear with a swinging stick. The ban was extended until February 2001 by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, and McSorley never played in the league again.

Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi missed the final 13 regular-season games and the playoffs because of his blindside punch to the head of Colorado's Steve Moore on March 11, 2004. But the banishment was extended to 17 months and prevented him from playing anywhere during the yearlong NHL lockout.

He was reinstated by Bettman before the 2005-06 season.

''I think that's just as bad as what Marty McSorley did to Brashear,'' Rangers agitator Sean Avery said of Simon. ''You can't just two-hand a guy in the face with your stick.''

NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, a former coach of the Rangers, recently handed down a three-game suspension to New Jersey's Cam Janssen. Janssen landed a late hit last week on Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle, checking him headfirst into the boards.

''Let's just see if Colin Campbell finally does something about this stuff and doesn't give him three games like he gave that other meathead from New Jersey,'' Avery said.

The Rangers made Simon and the Islanders pay right away when Petr Prucha scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:14 left, just 1:17 into the power play.

''The best retaliation is to score on that power play,'' Hollweg said. ''I couldn't feel any better than when that puck went in.''

The Rangers went on to win the game 2-1 as +130 underdogs. They played under the 5 1/2-goal totoal.

Hollweg took a few stitches and had his face numbed, but expects to play Saturday when the Rangers visit Pittsburgh.

''I feel good,'' he said. ''We got the win. I kind of lost my hearing for a bit after it happened. I might've been out for a second or two. The pain goes away when you get those two points.''

Just seconds before he was hit, Hollweg drove Simon into the boards with a hard, clean check. Simon got up angrily and met Hollweg as they came together again. Hollweg fell to his back and rolled over onto his stomach by the boards.

''I just finished my check on the half wall,'' Hollweg said. ''I think he was a little fazed by it. I turned around, and the next thing I knew he's winding up and hitting me in the face.''

That ended the night for Simon, who scored the Islanders' lone goal.

''I didn't really have time to react to it,'' Hollweg said. ''It's scary to your health but in the back of my mind I couldn't believe he did it.''

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Hurricanes' Cole back after missing 7 games
Thu, Mar 8, 2007By Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC -- Carolina Hurricanes left wing Erik Cole was activated from the injured reserve list Thursday after missing seven games.

Cole has been out since Feb. 20 with a torn muscle near his hip. Before the injury, he ranked fifth on the team with 51 points (25 goals, 26 assists).

The defending Stanley Cup champions, clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, play Friday against the Washington Capitals.

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Simon suspended indefinitely for slash to face
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - New York Islanders forward Chris Simon was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on Friday for his stick-swinging hit to the face of Rangers center Ryan Hollweg.

Simon was given a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure late in Thursday night's 2-1 loss to the Rangers. The length of the suspension won't be determined until after a disciplinary hearing. That hasn't been scheduled but is expected to take place next week, likely in Toronto.

Simon was ejected with just more than 6 minutes left, and the ensuing power play led to the decisive goal in the Rangers' victory.

Just seconds before he was hit, Hollweg drove Simon into the boards with a hard, clean check. Simon got up angrily and met Hollweg as they came together again. He then swung his stick into Hollweg's face, just above his neck.

Hollweg's chin was bloodied, but he was not seriously injured and expects to play Saturday when the Rangers visit Pittsburgh.

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