NHL News and Notes April - 27

NHL News and Notes April - 27

Hockey Today - April 27
Fri, Apr 27, 2007
By Associated Press

N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo (7 p.m. EDT). The Sabres handed the Rangers their first postseason loss with a 5-2 win in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday night.

STAR

Thursday

-Evgeni Nabokov, Sharks, made 34 saves to lead San Jose to a 2-0 victory over Detroit.

STREAKING

Ottawa won its fourth straight playoff game, holding off New Jersey 5-4 on Thursday night to take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

TIGER SHARK

Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves to lead San Jose to a 2-0 victory over Detroit on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. The shutout was his first this postseason and the fifth of his career in the playoffs. Nabokov was tied for second in the NHL with seven during the regular season.

BREAKDOWN

Ottawa scored four times in the first period of its 5-4 win over New Jersey on Thursday night. The only other time Martin Brodeur gave up four goals in a period in the playoffs was April 28, 2001, in the third period of a 6-5 overtime win over Toronto.

COLD SNAP

New Jersey Devils captain Patrik Elias missed Thursday's 5-4 loss to Ottawa because of a lingering cold. He is expected to play in Game 2 on Saturday. Elias, who had 21 goals and 48 assists this season, developed a cold over the weekend and missed practices Tuesday and Wednesday.

SPEAKING

''I think they were kind of watching us play. We were doing all the right things and we were all over them. We were scoring on basically every shot.'' - Ottawa defenseman Joe Corvo after the Senators scored four goals in the first period of their 5-4 win over New Jersey on Thursday night. Corvo, Jason Spezza, Dean McAmmond and Dany Heatley all scored in the period, and the Senators took Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

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Rangers D Rozsival uncertain for Game 2
Thu, Apr 26, 2007
By Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Rangers' Michal Rozsival missed practice Thursday, potentially leaving New York minus its top offensive defenseman for Game 2 of its Eastern Conference semifinal series against Buffalo.

Coach Tom Renney listed Rozsival as day to day because of a leg injury, and wasn't sure whether he'll play Friday. Rozsival was hurt when he was checked by Buffalo's Ales Kotalik in the first period of New York's 5-2 loss on Wednesday.

Rozsival did not return after briefly playing in the second period.

The best-of-seven series shifts to New York for Game 3 on Sunday.

The Rangers can't afford to lose Rozsival, who quarterbacks their power play and led New York defensemen with two goals during a first-round, four-game sweep of Atlanta. He also led Rangers defensemen with 40 points (10 goals, 30 assists) in 80 games during the regular season.

Rangers defenseman Marek Malik also missed practice Thursday, but is expected to play Friday.

Rookie defenseman Thomas Pock, a healthy scratch on Wednesday, would likely return to the lineup if Rozsival can't play. Pock had three assists in four games in the first round.

The Sabres are relatively healthy. Defenseman Brian Campbell, who missed part of the third period Wednesday, was among four Buffalo players held out from practice.

''I think he'll be able to play. No guarantees, but I think he will,'' coach Lindy Ruff said.

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