NHL News and Notes May - 14

NHL News and Notes May - 14

Hockey Today - May 14
Mon, May 14, 2007
By Associated Press


Buffalo at Ottawa (7 p.m. EDT). Up 2-0 in the series, the Senators will have the home-ice advantage over the Sabres for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

STAR Sunday

-Scott Niedermayer, Ducks, scored with 5:43 left in overtime to lift Anaheim to a 4-3 victory at Detroit.

GREAT SCOTT

Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer scored his second overtime goal of this year''s playoffs in a 4-3 win at Detroit on Sunday night. His first came on May 3, a double-overtime tally that eliminated Vancouver in Game 5 of the Western semifinals.

TOP OF THE WORLD

Canada won hockey''s world championship with a 4-2 victory over Finland on Sunday. Rick Nash led the way with two goals as Canada captured its'' 24th world title and first since 2004. Russia won the bronze medal by beating Sweden 3-1.

MORE THAN FOUR

Anaheim''s 4-3 overtime win on Detroit on Sunday night evened the Western Conference finals at a game apiece and guarantees the series will not end with a sweep for the first time in four matchups.

FEELING SPECIAL

Detroit''s special teams have accounted for all five goals through the first two games of the Western Conference finals against Anaheim. The power-play unit had both goals in a 2-1 win in Game 1 on Friday night and two more in a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 2 on Sunday. Kirk Maltby added a shorthaned tally on Sunday.

SLUMPING SABRES

Top-seeded Buffalo has lost four of six, is 8-5 overall this postseason and allowed 13 goals in its past three games. The Sabres are down two games to none in the Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa, the first time they have faced that deficit since trailing Pittsburgh 2-0 in a 2001 second-round series, which Buffalo eventually lost in seven games.

SIDELINED

Anaheim forward Chris Kunitz was scratched from the lineup because of an upper-body injury Sunday against Detroit in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Kunitz scored in the series opener Friday night, tying the game early in the third period before the Red Wings went on to win 2-1. ... Buffalo defenseman Henrik Tallinder is sore after being cross-checked from behind by Ottawa''s Daniel Alfredsson, and could miss Game 3 Monday of the Eastern Conference finals.

SPEAKING

''Teaming up for goals, that''s neat,'''' - Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime - on an assist from his brother Rob - for a 4-3 win at Detroit on Sunday night. The Western Conference finals is now tied 1-1.

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Ducks' Kunitz scratched from Game 2
Sun, May 13, 2007
By Associated Press

DETROIT -- Anaheim Ducks forward Chris Kunitz was scratched from the lineup because of an upper-body injury Sunday against Detroit in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.

He has one goal and six points in 11 playoff games for the second-seeded Ducks. He scored three times in 16 postseason games last year with Anaheim.

Kunitz scored 25 goals during the regular season and has 101 points in the past two years.

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Sabres D Tallinder could miss Game 3
Sun, May 13, 2007
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OTTAWA -- Buffalo Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder is sore after being crosschecked from behind by Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, and could miss Game 3 Monday of the Eastern Conference finals.

Coach Lindy Ruff on Sunday wouldn't provide any details of Tallinder's injury, but was unhappy that Alfredsson wasn't penalized on the play. It happened midway through the first overtime of Ottawa's 4-3 double-overtime win on Saturday, which gave the Senators a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Tallinder had just played the puck behind the Sabres net, when Alfredsson shoved him headfirst into the boards. Tallinder was slow to get up and groggy as he left the ice and went straight to the locker room. He missed at least one shift before returning to finish the game.

''I look at that as, probably if that's the regular season, when the guy doesn't have the puck, and gets run from behind headfirst into the boards, it's a suspension,'' Ruff said.

The coach said he'd leave it in the NHL's hands to review whether Alfredsson should be punished.

Alfredsson said he did nothing wrong on the play and thought Tallinder could have been feigning injury.

''He came right back after, so I don't know if he was trying to draw a penalty,'' Alfredsson said. ''He seemed fine.''

Tallinder's loss would be a significant blow for Buffalo as he and Toni Lydman form the team's top defensive duo. Tallinder ranks second on the team in averaging 23:13 ice-time per game, and has two assists.

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