NHL News and Notes April 16

NHL News and Notes April 16

Hockey Today - April 16
Mon, Apr 16, 2007
By Associated Press

Nashville at San Jose (10 p.m. EDT).

The teams have combined for 186 penalty minutes in splitting the first two games of the quarterfinal series.

STARS

Sunday

- Daniel Alfredsson, Senators, scored twice as Ottawa defeated Pittsburgh 4-2.

- Chris Pronger, Ducks, set up both his team's goals as Anaheim edged Minnesota 2-1.

OVERTIME

Vancouver took a 2-1 lead in its first-round Western Conference series against Dallas, winning 2-1 in overtime Sunday night. Both of the Canucks' victories have come in overtime. This was the seventh straight overtime playoff loss for the Stars, who've been bounced in the first round each of the last two seasons. Dallas is in a 1-10 overtime rut since 2001, the year after it last made the Stanley Cup finals. Dallas goalie Marty Turco is now 1-9 in postseason OT games.

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

One goal has been the difference in all seven games between Anaheim and Minnesota this season, including a 2-1 win for the Ducks in Game 3 of their first round playoff matchup Sunday night. Anaheim, which split 2-2 with Minnesota during the regular season, used a smothering defense and special teams to take a 3-0 lead over the Wild in this Western Conference pairing.

HARD HIT

Ottawa forward Patrick Eaves was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being leveled by Pittsburgh's Colby Armstrong midway through the second period of the Senators 4-2 playoff victory against the Penguins Sunday. Eaves appeared to be knocked unconscious on the play, but was seen talking and moving his hands while he was leaving the ice. His status for Game 4 on Tuesday was not certain, but a concussion would likely keep him out.

SPEAKING

''We're just being dumb out there. You've got to work smart, especially against a team like this that has so many skills and so much talent. - Calgary's Alex Tanguay after Detroit beat the Flames 3-1 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

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Senators' Eaves leaves ice on stretcher
Sun, Apr 15, 2007
By Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Ottawa Senators forward Patrick Eaves was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being leveled by Colby Armstrong midway through the second period of Sunday's playoff game against Pittsburgh.

Eaves was carrying the puck around the net in the Pittsburgh end with Penguins defenseman Josef Melichar tugging at him when Armstrong came from the opposite direction and put a shoulder hit on him.

Eaves appeared to be knocked unconscious on the play, but was seen talking and moving his hands while he was leaving the ice. He was not taken to a hospital, and the Senators said only that he had a head injury - almost certainly a concussion. His status for Game 4 on Tuesday was not certain, but a concussion would likely keep him out.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported Eaves having a concussion.

As doctors attended to Eaves on the ice, the Senators' Mike Comrie and the Penguins Maxime Talbot fought near center ice.

Armstrong was involved in two similar plays this season. On Oct. 14, Carolina forward Trevor Letowski was knocked unconscious and sustained a concussion when Armstrong put a blind-side hit on him in the Hurricanes' end.

Letowski, who also sustained facial cuts, missed nine games because of the concussion.

On Feb. 1, Armstrong put a hard hit on the Canadiens' Saku Koivu near the end boards but also wasn't penalized, though Montreal's Sheldon Souray immediately went after Armstrong. A day later, Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau labeled Armstrong's hit ''a cheap shot.''

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