NHL News and Notes May - 2

NHL News and Notes May - 2

Hockey Today - May 2
Wed, May 2, 2007
By Associated Press


New Jersey at Ottawa (7 p.m. EDT). The Devils look to tie the series 2-2 before heading home for Game 5 Saturday. Oddsmakers list the Sens as -168 home favorites. The total is set at 5 goals.

STARS Tuesday

-Travis Moen, Ducks, scored 2:07 into overtime to give Anaheim a 3-2 win at Vancouver.

-Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers, made 29 saves to help New York hold off Buffalo 2-1.

ALL TIED UP

The New York Rangers evened their semifinal series with Presidents'' Trophy-winning Buffalo at two games apiece with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night. The home team has won all four games in this series.

SERIES STRANGLEHOLD

Anaheim took a 3-1 lead in its Western Conference semifinal series with Vancouver after rallying for a 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday night. The Ducks, who trailed 2-0 entering the third period, got the tying goal from Teemu Selanne with 5:42 left in regulation and the winner from Travis Moen 2:07 into overtime.

EXTRA, EXTRA

Vancouver played its fifth overtime game of this year''s playoffs on Tuesday night, losing 3-2 to Anaheim. The Canucks are 3-2 in those games, including a 2-1 double-overtime win over the Ducks in Game 2 last Friday.

HEALED

Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is expected to return from an eye injury Wednesday night for Game 4 of Detroit''s second-round playoff series against San Jose. Holmstrom has been out since April 22, when Calgary''s Craig Conroy hit him with his stick in Detroit''s series-winning victory over the Flames.

SIDELINED

Vancouver forward Jeff Cowan had minor knee surgery before Game 4 of the Canucks'' second-round series with Anaheim on Tuesday and will be out for an indefinite period, according to the team. Cowan had the double-overtime winner in Game 2, but was hurt in Game 3.

FINALISTS

Sidney Crosby, the 19-year-old NHL scoring champion from Pittsburgh, is a finalist for league MVP in just his second season. Crosby, who had 120 points, was nominated along with a pair of netminders, New Jersey''s Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo of Vancouver. Brodeur and Luongo are also finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the NHL''s top goalie, along with Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Miikka Kiprusoff of Calgary. Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit, Chris Pronger of Anaheim, and Ducks teammate Scott Niedermayer, are up for the Norris Trophy, given to the best defenseman. Buffalo''s Lindy Ruff, the coach of the year last season, is again up for the award after guiding the Sabres to their first Presidents'' Trophy title. Pittsburgh''s Michel Therrien and Vancouver''s Alain Vigneault are also up for the Adams Award.

SPEAKING

''I think they misjudged the one last game. The Rangers'' goal should''ve been a goal. For the sake of all, I hope they made the right call because that wouldn''t be good - two games in a row, two critical goals disallowed.'''' - Buffalo forward Daniel Briere on having his potential tying goal disallowed with 17 seconds remaining in the New York Rangers'' 2-1 win on Tuesday night. On Sunday, Rangers defenseman Karel Rachunek lost a goal when league officials in Toronto used a replay to determine he kicked the puck in.

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Vancouver's Cowan out indefinitely
May 1st, 2007

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Prior to Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Vancouver Canucks announced that forward Jeff Cowan will miss the remainder of the postseason.

Cowan underwent knee surgery after an injury in Game 3 of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series, which the Canucks now trail 3-1 after Tuesday's setback.

Cowan notched seven goals in 47 games for Vancouver in 2006-07.

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Red Wings' Holmstrom cleared to play
May 1, 2007

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is expected to return from an eye injury Wednesday night for Game 4 of Detroit's second-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks.

Holmstrom has been out since April 22, when Calgary's Craig Conroy hit him with his stick in Detroit's series-winning victory over the Flames. The left wing had 30 goals and 22 assists during the regular season, but missed the first three games against the Sharks.

Holmstrom lost vision in the eye on the night of the incident, and his sight remained cloudy for a few days while team doctors evaluated him. He wasn't allowed to skate or work out because the doctors feared the increased blood flow could cause further damage.

"Of course I was scared," said Holmstrom, who had just one assist in six games against Calgary. "They didn't know how badly injured the eye was. They didn't want to get the blood going and hurt the eye."

Holmstrom, who hadn't decided whether he'll wear start wearing a visor, skated Monday in Detroit for the first time since the injury. Though his eye remains exceedingly dilated and sensitive to light, the team is confident he avoided serious injury.

The Sharks lead the series 2-1, and Detroit's power play is 1-for-10 without Holmstrom in his usual spot in front of the opposing net, where he screens goalies, redirects passes and hassles opposing defenders.

"He's going to help us," captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. "He does such a good job standing in front of the net."

An injured forward also plans to return for the Sharks. Center Mark Smith is expected to be back in their lineup after a patient rehabilitation from a groin injury.

Smith, who had 13 points in 41 regular-season games, spent the final two months of the regular season on injured reserve. But the scrappy forward has a history of playoff success, scoring three goals in the Sharks' first-round series against Nashville last season.

"The rest definitely did it good," Smith said of his injury. "They just wanted it to heal up as good as it can, and then get out there and use it."

Coach Ron Wilson didn't say who will be scratched for Game 4 in Smith's favor.

"Smitty will provide some energy," Wilson said. "This series has been a real grind, and he deserves a chance. He's always played well in the playoffs."

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