NHL News and Notes May - 18

NHL News and Notes May - 18

Hockey Today - May 18
Fri, May 18, 2007
By Associated Press


STAR

Thursday

-Teemu Selanne, Ducks, had a goal and two assists in Anaheim''s 5-3 win over Detroit.

ALL TIED UP

Anaheim evened the Western Conference finals at two games apiece with its 5-3 win over Detroit on Thursday night. The Red Wings won the opening game 2-1 in Detroit, the Ducks took the second 4-3 in overtime, also in Detroit. The Red Wings won the third game 5-0 in Anaheim, the Ducks'' most lopsided playoff loss ever.

POWER RESTORED

Anaheim scored two power-play goals on five attempts in its 5-3 win over Detroit on Thursday night. The Ducks had gone 0-for-16 on the power play during the first three games of the series and 0-for-31 over the previous five games combined.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Daniel Cleary had two goals and an assist, but Detroit lost 5-3 at Anaheim on Thursday night.

SABRE SITS

Sabres center Dainius Zubrus is unlikely to play Saturday when Buffalo hosts Ottawa in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Zubrus, acquired from Washington in a trade-deadline deal in March, has been hampered by a lower body injury that limited him to just four minutes of ice time in Buffalo''s 3-2 win in Game 4 on Wednesday.

SIGNED

Lasse Kukkonen agreed to a two-year contract with Philadelphia on Thursday. The defenseman had five goals and 14 points in 74 games for the Flyers and Chicago last season while leading all NHL rookies in blocked shots with 151.

SPEAKING

''We''ve got one of the best goalies in the league, if not the best. But we somehow found a way to make him look bad, and we''ve got to find a way to correct that.'''' - Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios on teammate Dominik Hasek after Thursday night''s 5-3 loss to Anaheim in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. The series is now tied 2-2.

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Sabres C Zubrus out with lower body injury
Thu, May 17, 2007
By Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres center Dainius Zubrus is unlikely to play Saturday when Buffalo hosts the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Zubrus, acquired from Washington in a trade-deadline deal in March, has been hampered by a lower body injury that limited him to just four minutes of ice time in Buffalo's 3-2 win in Game 4 on Wednesday.

Coach Lindy Ruff wouldn't say who will replace Zubrus in the lineup, but Drew Stafford and Nathan Paetsch are likely candidates.

Stafford has played in nine playoff games this postseason, registering four points. Paetsch has not appeared in a playoff game, but had 24 points in 63 regular-season games.

Ruff said on Thursday he would probably shift Ales Kotalik or Adam Mair to center while keeping intact the all-center line of Derek Roy, Chris Drury and Tim Connolly. The trio was effective in Buffalo's first win of the best-of-seven series.

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