NHL News and Notes April - 24

NHL News and Notes April - 24

Hockey Today - April 23
Mon, Apr 23, 2007
By Associated Press


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.

STARS Sunday

- Brian Gionta, Devils, scored two goals to lead New Jersey to a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay.

- Johan Franzen, Red Wings, scored early in the second overtime period, leading Detroit to a series-clinching 2-1 victory over Calgary.

MOVING ON

New Jersey advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs with a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay Sunday. The Devils, who ended the best-of-seven series in six games, have now won their opening-round series in five of their last seven postseason appearances since 2000. New Jersey will now play Ottawa. ... Detroit, the top-seeded team in the Western Conference, will play either sixth-seeded Dallas or No. 5 San Jose in the second round after a series-clinching 2-1 double-overtime victory over Calgary. The Red Wings won the series 4-2.

OUTSHOT

Detroit dominated the shot taking in its six-game Western Conference playoff series over Calgary. The Red Wings outshot the Flames 55-21 in its 2-1 clinching victory in double overtime on Sunday night. Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff made 53 saves in the game, the second time in the series that Detroit had more than 50 shots and more than a 30-shot advantage. The Red Wings outshot the Flames in each of the games and 255-129 for the series.

PENALTY BOX

The NHL came down hard on Calgary Sunday, suspending goalie Jamie McLennan for five games and fining coach Jim Playfair $25,000 and the team $100,000 for actions late in Game 5 of the Flames' 5-1 loss to Detroit in their first-round series on Saturday. McLennan, who's suspension began with Game 6 Sunday night in Calgary, was given a match penalty for slashing Detroit's Johan Franzen in the midsection, one of four penalties the Flames were assessed for aggressive and illegal use of the stick.

SPEAKING

''We won, and it doesn't matter if you play well or not. It's a fine line in the playoffs - winning and losing, and how somebody performs - because the luck factor is such a big factor.'' - New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur after the Devils advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Sunday. Brodeur stopped 32 shots as the Lightning was eliminated in the first round for the second straight season. The first team to score won each game of the series.

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Stars' Zubov misses Game 7
April 23rd, 2007

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Dallas Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov missed Monday's Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against Vancouver due to a torso injury.

Zubov, who participated in the pregame skate, was scratched and replaced by Jon Klemm.

Zubov, who was hurt in Game 6 of the series Saturday, has four points -- all assists, to lead the Stars in these playoffs.

The Canucks once held a seemingly comfortable three games to one lead in this set, but Marty Turco and the Stars have posted consecutive shutout victories to even the best-of-seven series at 3-3. The Stars, who have trailed three- games-to- one 12 times over their franchise history, have never come back to win a series.

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Red Wings' Holmstrom day-to-day with eye injury
Mon, Apr 23, 2007
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DETROIT -- Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is day-to-day with an eye injury after Calgary's Craig Conroy hit him with his stick at 6:44 of overtime in Detroit's 2-1 series-clinching victory over the Flames on Sunday night.

''No long-term effect,'' Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Monday.

Conroy received a double-minor penalty for high-sticking when he lifted his stick and hit Holmstrom's eye.

Babcock said defenseman Brett Lebda is day-to-day with a concussion and ankle injury.

Lebda hasn't played since being punched by Daymond Langkow in Game 5 on Saturday. Lebda was called for a tripping penalty and was punched by Langkow while both were close to the ice.

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