NHL News and Notes May - 16

NHL News and Notes May - 16

Hockey Today - May 16
Wed, May 16, 2007
By Associated Press


Buffalo at Ottawa (7 p.m. EDT). The Senators can advance to their first Stanley Cup finals with a victory.

STAR

Tuesday

- Tomas Holmstrom, Red Wings, scored twice and added an assist as Detroit blanked Anaheim 5-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

SHUTOUTS

Detroit''s Dominik Hasek made 29 saves for his second shutout of this year''s playoffs and 14th of his career, a 5-0 victory over Anaheim on Tuesday night. His eight during this regular season give him a combined 90 in regular-season and postseason play.

HELPER

Detroit''s Nicklas Lidstrom had two assists in Tuesday night''s 5-0 victory over Anaheim, tying Ottawa''s Dany Heatley for the postseason lead with 13 assists. The Red Wings lead the Ducks 2-1 in the Western Conference finals.

DEBUTS

Detroit right wing Tomas Kopecky played in his first career postseason game Tuesday night and got called for the first two penalties of the 5-0 victory over Anaheim.

SNAPPED

Tomas Holmstrom''s power-play goal in the first period of Detroit''s 5-0 victory Tuesday night was the first the Ducks have allowed at home in these playoffs after killing off their previous 33 short-handed situations.

CHARMED?

The Senators are trying to become the third straight Canadian team to reach the Stanley Cup finals and first to win the title since Montreal in 1993. Ottawa leads Buffalo 3-0 in the Eastern Conference finals with Game 4 at home Wednesday night.

POWER OUTAGE

Anaheim is 0-for-31 on the power play over its last five games, including 0-for-4 in a 5-0 loss to Detroit on Tuesday night that left the Ducks trailing the Western Conference finals 2-1.

BANGED UP

Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom needed 13 stitches to his forehead Tuesday night after he was slammed into the glass by Anaheim''s Rob Niedermayer and Chris Pronger during the second period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. Holmstrom, who scored in the first and second periods of the 5-0 victory, took stitches to close two cuts and returned for the start of the third period.

SPEAKING

''We could curl up and cry about it and go home. Or we could fight like dogs.'''' - Buffalo co-captain Chris Drury on being down 3-0 to Ottawa in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Holmstrom leaves game
Wed, May 16, 2007
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom left the ice with a bloody forehead Tuesday night after he was slammed into the glass by the Anaheim Ducks' Rob Niedermayer and Chris Pronger during the second period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

Holmstrom took stitches to close two cuts and returned to the game for the start of the third period.

Niedermayer, who caught Holmstrom on the left side, was given a major penalty for boarding and ejected from the game in which the Ducks trailed 4-0. Pronger hit Holmstrom from the right, sending the right winger's helmet flying off his head in the Anaheim zone.

Holmstrom, who scored a goal in each of the first two periods, lay flat on the ice for several minutes before being helped to the dressing room by Red Wings trainers.

Pronger wasn't penalized on the play.

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Pronger draws 1-game suspension
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger received a one-game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday for his hit on Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom the previous night.

Pronger, a former Norris Trophy winner and a finalist for the award this year, will miss Game 4 of the Ducks-Red Wings series Thursday night in Anaheim. He leads the Ducks with 12 points, including three goals, during this year's playoffs.

Detroit beat Anaheim 5-0 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.

Holmstrom had two goals and an assist in the blowout, but left the game midway through the second period to get cuts on his forehead stitched up after Pronger and teammate Rob Niedermayer almost simultaneously slammed him into the glass.

Niedermayer drew a five-minute major for boarding and was ejected, but Pronger was not assessed a penalty on the play. The NHL reviewed the play Wednesday, Pronger spoke to the league on the phone and the decision was made to suspend him.

Holmstrom returned to begin the third period and had an assist on the Red Wings' final goal.

He said after the game that he wasn't exactly sure what happened.

"I got run into the boards, got hit again," Holmstrom said. "I never saw the guy come from behind.

"Get stitched up, yeah, I was ready for the third."

Niedermayer said he was surprised by the penalty.

"All I did was take a few strides, finish my check and hit him with my shoulder," he said. "You don't want to see anybody hurt out there, that's for sure. I'm glad he was back playing."

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