NHL News and Notes May - 12

NHL News and Notes May - 12

Hockey Today - May 12
Sat, May 12, 2007
By Associated Press

SCOREBOARD Saturday, May 12

Ottawa at Buffalo (8 p.m. EDT). The Senators will try to win the first two games of a series for the first time in franchise history.

STAR Friday

-Dominik Hasek, Red Wings, made 31 saves and Detroit held off Anaheim 2-1.

LUCKY BOUNCES

Detroit beat Anaheim in the opener of the Western Conference finals on Friday night with two ugly goals. Tomas Holmstrom scored the winner with 4:54 left in regulation on a shot that hit him standing in front of the net before hitting the ice and trickling into the net. Early in the first period, Henrik Zetterberg's shot - that appeared to be a pass - deflected off Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin and got past goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

SNAPPED

Detroit's Dominik Hasek gave up his first goal in nearly 157 minutes on Friday night, but it was the only tally he surrendered in a 2-1 win over Anaheim in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. He finished with 31 saves.

QUESTION MARKS

Buffalo's Tim Connolly, Dainius Zubrus and Dmitri Kalinin all missed practice Friday, but coach Lindy Ruff said all three should play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night.

SIGNED

Philadelphia signed forward Scottie Upshall to a two-year contract on Friday. Upshall was acquired by the Flyers from Nashville in the Peter Forsberg trade on Feb. 15.

SPEAKING

''The sky hasn't fallen in yet, has it? It wouldn't be the Sabres if we didn't do it the hard way.'' - Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller on the top-seeded Sabres losing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals to Ottawa on Thursday night.

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Emery hopes he doesn't get Buffaloed over remarks
Fri, May 11, 2007
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Senators goalie Ray Emery would like to clear up some comments that Buffalonians might have taken the wrong way.

He doesn't dislike Buffalo, it's just that the city doesn't have as much to offer in comparison to, say, Manhattan. But, he added, the chicken wings sure are tasty.

''I never said it was really bad,'' Emery said Friday, a day after Ottawa beat the Sabres in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. ''I just said there were more things to do on a day off in Manhattan.''

Tell that to Western New Yorkers, who took Emery's comments - ''There's not a lot to do on days off,'' he was quoted as saying - as a slap in the face.

Buffalonians are already touchy after former Buffalo Bills running back Willis McGahee complained in January that there was nothing to do in town. McGahee was traded to Baltimore in March.

Emery was booed incessantly in Game 1, and particularly jeered with chants of, ''Emery! Emery!'' after each of Buffalo's two goals in the Sabres' 5-2 loss.

''I get a kick out of it,'' said Emery, who stopped 18 shots to improve to 9-2 this postseason. ''If they're chanting your name, it's pretty easy to stay motivated.''

In an attempt to make peace, the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., was preparing to send Emery a gift basket including information of what the region has to offer and a bottle of locally produced wine.

The tourism group also welcomed Emery back to Buffalo ''after the Stanley Cup champion has been crowned'' - whoever that may be - with the promise of treating the goalie to a VIP tour, including accommodations.

Emery's comments were somewhat surprising considering he grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, a 45-minute drive from Buffalo.

Emery said he hasn't received the gift package yet, adding with a wink, ''I'd be nervous opening anything that people send me from here.''

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