NHL News and Notes April 21

NHL News and Notes April 21

Hockey Today - April 21
Sat, Apr 21, 2007
By Associated Press

SCOREBOARD

Saturday, April 21

Vancouver at Dallas (8 p.m. EDT). The Stars forced a sixth game with their 1-0 overtime win on Thursday night. Three of the first five games of the series have gone into overtime. Oddsmakers have listed the Stars as -147 favorites and the total is set at 4 1/2 goals.

STARS

Friday

-Patrick Marleau, Sharks, scored his second goal with 4:21 left to help San Jose eliminate Nashville with a 3-2 victory.

-Martin Brodeur and Scott Gomez, Devils. Brodeur stopped all 31 shots he faced and Gomez had a goal and two assists to lead New Jersey past Tampa Bay 3-0.

ANOTHER SUSPENSION

Islanders defenseman Sean Hill was hit with a 20-game suspension by the NHL on Friday - just hours before New York was eliminated from the playoffs - for violating the league's drug policy. Hill sat out the Islanders' 4-3 loss at Buffalo in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals and will miss the first 19 games of next season. He is the first player to be suspended under the NHL's performance-enhancing substances program. Teammate Chris Simon received a record ban of at least 25 games for on-ice violence in March, serving the 20th game on Friday.

ONE AWAY

Martin Brodeur posted his 22nd career postseason shutout Friday night, making 31 saves in New Jersey's 3-0 win over Tampa Bay in Game 5 of that quarterfinal series. Brodeur is one behind Patrick Roy for most all-time.

SABRE DANCE

Buffalo moved into the second round of the playoffs for the second straight year after holding off the New York Islanders 4-3 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Friday night. The top-seeded Sabres will face either the New York Rangers or Tampa Bay, should the Lightning get past New Jersey.

SOUND FAMILIAR?

San Jose eliminated Nashville in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year with its 3-2 victory on Friday night. In both years, the Sharks knocked out the Predators in five games and on Nashville's home ice.

SPEAKING

''He's the best that ever played the game. He made some unbelievable saves early and I said: 'This is it, he's on top. He's back tonight and we're going to get it done.'' - New Jersey captain Patrik Elias on Martin Brodeur, who helped the Devils take a three games to two lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals with 31 saves in a 3-0 win over Tampa Bay on Friday night.

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