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|Sunday, 22 April 2007 22:39|
Monday, April 23
Dallas at Vancouver (9 p.m. EDT). For the first time in their history, the Stars have come back from a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7 after posting a 2-0 win on Saturday night.
- Brian Gionta, Devils, scored two goals to lead New Jersey to a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay.
- Johan Franzen, Red Wings, scored early in the second overtime period, leading Detroit to a series-clinching 2-1 victory over Calgary.
New Jersey advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs with a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay Sunday. The Devils, who ended the best-of-seven series in six games, have now won their opening-round series in five of their last seven postseason appearances since 2000. New Jersey will now play Ottawa. ... Detroit, the top-seeded team in the Western Conference, will play either sixth-seeded Dallas or No. 5 San Jose in the second round after a series-clinching 2-1 double-overtime victory over Calgary. The Red Wings won the series 4-2.
Detroit dominated the shot taking in its six-game Western Conference playoff series over Calgary. The Red Wings outshot the Flames 55-21 in its 2-1 clinching victory in double overtime on Sunday night. Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff made 53 saves in the game, the second time in the series that Detroit had more than 50 shots and more than a 30-shot advantage. The Red Wings outshot the Flames in each of the games and 255-129 for the series.
The NHL came down hard on Calgary Sunday, suspending goalie Jamie McLennan for five games and fining coach Jim Playfair $25,000 and the team $100,000 for actions late in Game 5 of the Flames' 5-1 loss to Detroit in their first-round series on Saturday. McLennan, who's suspension began with Game 6 Sunday night in Calgary, was given a match penalty for slashing Detroit's Johan Franzen in the midsection, one of four penalties the Flames were assessed for aggressive and illegal use of the stick.
``We won, and it doesn't matter if you play well or not. It's a fine line in the playoffs - winning and losing, and how somebody performs - because the luck factor is such a big factor.'' - New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur after the Devils advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Sunday. Brodeur stopped 32 shots as the Lightning was eliminated in the first round for the second straight season. The first team to score won each game of the series.