NHL News and Notes April 22

NHL News and Notes April 22

Hockey Today - April 22
Sun, Apr 22, 2007
By Associated Press

Detroit at Calgary (9 p.m. EDT). Detroit holds a 3-2 series lead and can close out the series tonight in Calgary.

Monday, April 23

Dallas at Vancouver (9 p.m. EDT). For the first time in their history, the Stars have come back from a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7 after posting a 2-0 win on Saturday night.

STAR Saturday

-Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings, had two goals in Detroit's 5-1 victory over Calgary.

RARE FEAT

Daniel Cleary converted the first successful playoff penalty shot ever in Detroit during Saturday's 5-1 win over Calgary in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. He attempted the first one for the Red Wings at home since 1937. At Toronto in 1988, Petr Klima scored on a penalty shot.

BRICK WALL

Marty Turco posted his third shutout of the Western Conference quarterfinals by making 21 saves in Dallas' 2-0 win over Vancouver in Game 6 on Saturday night. Only 12 goalies had recorded three shutouts in the same playoff series before Turco, who never had one heading into this series.

ANOTHER INCIDENT

Calgary backup goalie Jamie McLellan was ejected from Saturday's 5-1 loss at Detroit on Saturday after slashing Johan Franzen's midsection. McLennan, who replaced the ineffective Miikka Kiprusoff, was on the ice for less than a minute late in the third period before he was removed from the game with a match penalty and game misconduct. That decision might lead to a stiff suspension from the NHL, which gave the Islanders' Chris Simon a 25-game suspension for viciously swinging his stick last month.

FINALLY

Dallas ended a six-game home playoff losing streak with its 2-0 win over Vancouver in Game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Saturday night. The Stars hadn't won a home playoff game since Game 3 of their first-round series against Colorado in 2004. The skid was one short of the NHL record.

INJURED

Dallas captain Brendan Morrow suffered an apparent left foot injury late in Saturday night's 2-0 win over Vancouver and his status for Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Monday night is uncertain. Before getting off the ice, Morrow stopped in front of the Vancouver bench and threw a punch at Alexandre Burrows, who appeared to slash the Stars captain's left leg only seconds earlier.

SLUMPING

Ruslan Fedotenko, one of the unsung heroes during Tampa Bay's Stanley Cup run in 2004, has no points through the first five games of the Lightning's quarterfinal series with New Jersey and has scored just one goal in his last 29 games.

SPEAKING

''We'll find out if momentum matters. We've frustrated them a little bit. Game 7 will be the biggest challenge.'' - Goalie Marty Turco on Dallas rebounding from a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against Vancouver. Turco posted his third shutout of the series in Game 6 on Saturday night, making 21 saves in the Stars' 2-0 victory.

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Broken foot to keep Crosby out of Worlds
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PITTSBURGH -- NHL scoring champion Sidney Crosby played the final 2½ weeks of the regular season and the playoffs with a broken left foot, an injury the Pittsburgh Penguins star didn't disclose until Saturday.
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Crosby revealed the injury when he explained why he won't play in the world championships in Moscow. Crosby was expected to join Team Canada for the second year in a row after Pittsburgh was eliminated by Ottawa in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Crosby believes he broke a bone in the foot while blocking a shot March 16 against Montreal, but he didn't miss any games. He had five goals and nine assists in his final 11 regular season games and three goals and two assists in five playoff games.

"The first two weeks were pretty sore," Crosby said as the Penguins players assembled Saturday before breaking for the summer. "After a couple of weeks, it starts to heal and it got a little better after that. It just needs time. ... After a couple of weeks, it didn't have any effect."

The game after he was hurt, Crosby had a goal and an assist against Ottawa on March 18 but then went scoreless in his next three games. Less than two weeks after getting hurt, he had two goals and an assist March 25 against Boston and a goal and an assist March 27 against Washington.

Crosby was in discomfort at times during the playoffs, but made certain he would not worsen the injury by playing.

Despite getting hurt, the 19-year-old Crosby became the youngest player to win the NHL scoring title with 120 points.

Crosby is disappointed he won't play in the world championships, where he was the leading scorer last year with eight goals and eight assists in nine games.

"It would have been a huge thrill to play for Team Canada," he said.

Next season, Crosby will be entering the final year of the three-year entry-level contract he signed after being drafted in 2005. He is hopeful of working out a new deal so he won't become a restricted free agent following the 2007-08 season.

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Hartley will be back, Mellanby to retire
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Despite rumors suggesting his job may be in jeopardy, Thrashers head coach Bob Hartley isn't going anywhere, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Thrashers GM Don Waddell told the paper prior to last night's game that his coach will definitely be back next season.

"Oh, 100 percent he's back," Waddell told the newspaper. "At least he is in my mind."

When asked if Atlanta Spirit owners would leave Hartley's fate up to Waddell, the GM said: "I would think so. I would hope so."
   
The same fate cannot be said for team captain Scott Mellanby.

The 40-year-old told the Journal-Constitution this playoff-run was his last hurrah.

"I think it is. It has been a great, fun ride, but I think it's time," he said.

"My (two-year) experience in Atlanta has been great, but it's deflating at this moment," he said. "When you look back, the last two years we've spent talking about being a playoff team, and to come up at the end with not even a win, it's very deflating."

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Flames' McLennan suspended five games
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NEW YORK (April 22, 2007) – Calgary Flames goaltender Jamie McLennan has been suspended five games, Calgary coach Jim Playfair has been fined $25,000 and the Flames’ organization has been fined $100,000 for a variety of actions late in Game Five of the team’s Western Conference Quarter-final series against the Detroit Red Wings.

McLennan was assessed a Match Penalty for slashing Detroit’s Johan Franzen at 17:01 of the third period, one of four different penalties the Flames were assessed for aggressive and illegal use of the stick (slashing or cross-checking) in the closing minutes of play. The Red Wings led 5-1 at the time.

“In our pre-playoff conference calls with the coaches and General Managers of the respective organizations, we addressed a number of topics – and one of them was actions late in the game when the score was out of hand,” said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice president and Director of Hockey Operations. “The coach and the organization must be held accountable for the players’ actions.”

McLennan’s suspension begins with Game Six of the series, tonight in Calgary.

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