NHL News and Notes April 19

NHL News and Notes April 19

Hockey Today - April 19
Thu, Apr 19, 2007
By Associated Press

Minnesota at Anaheim (10:30 p.m. EDT). The Ducks can eliminate the Wild with a Game 5 win at home.

STAR

Wednesday

-Zach Parise and Scott Gomez, Devils. Parise scored his fifth and sixth goals of the postseason, and Gomez got the game-winner in overtime, helping New Jersey to a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay.

-Chris Drury, Sabres, scored twice to help top-seeded Buffalo beat the New York Islanders 4-2.

-Milan Michalek, Sharks, scored two goals in San Jose's 3-2 victory over Nashville.

SWEET SWEEP

The New York Rangers advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1997 with Wednesday's 4-2 win over Atlanta. The 4-0 sweep was the Rangers' first since the opening round of the 1994 playoffs - the year they last won the Stanley Cup.

THRASHED

Marian Hossa, Atlanta's leader this season with 43 goals and a career-high 100 points, managed only one assist in the Thrashers' four straight losses to the New York Rangers. Slava Kozlov, second with 80 points, was blanked in the series. Ilya Kovalchuk had just a goal and assist after netting 42 goals in the regular season.

SHARK WEAK

Nashville is winless in the seven road playoff games in franchise history after Wednesday's 3-1 loss to San Jose. The Predators, one game from elimination after finishing third overall in the regular-season standings, haven't won in their last 10 trips to the Shark Tank.

SUSPENDED

Anaheim Ducks forward Brad May was suspended for three games Wednesday for punching Minnesota Wild defenseman Kim Johnsson in the back of the head in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. May was given a match penalty and a game misconduct for attacking Johnsson in the final moments of Minnesota's 4-1 win Tuesday night. Johnsson sustained a head injury, didn't make the trip to Anaheim and won't play in Game 5 Thursday night.

SPEAKING

''We weren't even close to being competitive in the playoffs. There should be no sense of accomplishment whatsoever.'' - Atlanta forward Bobby Holik. The Thrashers' first trip to the playoffs ended in a sweep with a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

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Anaheim's May suspended 3 games for punching Wild's Johnsson
Thu, Apr 19, 2007
By Associated Press

TORONTO -- Anaheim Ducks forward Brad May was suspended for three games Wednesday for punching Minnesota Wild defenseman Kim Johnsson in the back of the head in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series.

May was given a match penalty and a game misconduct for attacking Johnsson in the final moments of Minnesota's 4-1 win Tuesday night. The Ducks lead the series 3-1.

Johnsson sustained a head injury, didn't make the trip to Anaheim and won't play in Game 5 Thursday night.

May is out for the remainder of the series - no matter how long it goes.

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Report: Blue Jackets fire MacLean
April 19th, 2007

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have reportedly fired president and general manager Doug MacLean.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the decision to fire MacLean came after a long meeting Wednesday at a golf club owned by Blue Jackets majority owner John H. McConnell.

Columbus finished this past season with a 33-42-7 record, in fourth place in the Central Division, just two points ahead of Chicago. The Blue Jackets haven't been to the playoffs in their six-season existence.

Just last spring, MacLean inked a three-year contract extension that gave him a base salary of $800,000, according to the Dispatch.

The Blue Jackets underwent an early change at head coach, as Ken Hitchcock took over the team on November 23 after Gerard Gallant was removed.

MacLean stepped down as head coach of the Jackets on New Year's Day 2004 after a dismal start to that season. He remained president and general manager of the team.

MacLean, who guided Florida to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals, has over two decades of experience in the NHL.

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Flames' Regehr to miss Game 4
April 19, 2007
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CALGARY -- Flames coach Jim Playfair said defenseman Robyn Regehr would miss Game 4 tonight.

Regehr missed Game 1 in Detroit with a knee injury. He played in Game 2 but reinjured the knee when he was checked by Kris Draper and missed Game 3 on Tuesday

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