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Wings can end it; McLennan suspended

Sunday, 04.22.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Wings can end it; McLennan suspended
By The Associated Press

CALGARY, Alberta -- The home team has won each game in the Western Conference quarterfinal series between the Red Wings and Flames, who need that trend to continue if they want to force a deciding seventh game.

The Wings, meanwhile, will advance to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2004 with a win over the Flames in Game 6 on Sunday night at Pengrowth Saddledome.

Detroit took an emphatic step toward progressing with a 5-1 win on Saturday to take a 3-2 series lead. Dan Cleary scored on a penalty shot, Henrik Zetterberg added the first of his two power-play goals and Chris Chelios posted a shorthanded tally in a 7:22 span of the second period to stake the Wings to a 3-0 lead.

McLennan finishes slashing Johan Franzen (93) in the right leg. Moments late he was ejected for slashing the Wings' center in the mid-section. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk added power-play goals in the third around a shorthanded marker from the Flames' Andrei Zyuzin. But the game, and possibly the series, took an ugly turn with 2:59 left when Calgary backup goaltender Jamie McLennan slashed the midsection of Detroit's Johan Franzen.

"It doesn't belong in hockey," said Franzen, who said the slash shocked him more than it hurt.

McLennan received a slashing minor, a match penalty and a game misconduct and almost assuredly a suspension from the NHL.

The goaltender refused to speak to the media after the game, but Zetterberg said, "I think the league will take a look at a few things that happened."

On Sunday, the NHL handed down a five-game suspension to McLennan, Calgary coach Jim Playfair has been fined $25,000 and the Flames' organization has been fined $100,000 for a variety of actions late in Game 5.

"In our pre-playoff conference calls with the coaches and general managers of the respective organizations, we addressed a number of topics ? and one of them was actions late in the game when the score was out of hand," said Colin Campbell, NHL senior executive vice president and director of hockey operations. "The coach and the organization must be held accountable for the players' actions."

McLennan's suspension begins Sunday with Game 6.

In February, the league handed down a three-game suspension to Ottawa goaltender Ray Emery for slashing Montreal's Maxim Lapierre in the face. Late in the regular-season, Islanders forward Chris Simon received a 25-game ban for a two-handed stick attack on the Rangers' Ryan Hollweg.

The Flames will likely recall either Curtis McElhinney or Brent Krahn from Omaha of the AHL to backup Miikka Kiprusoff, who has played better at home so far in the postseason, stopping 61 of 65 shots for a 2.00 GAA. He's 0-3 with a 4.00 GAA on the road.

Over the last three years, Kiprusoff is 2-3 with a 1.73 goals-against average in Game 6s. Both wins came at home, including a 38-save shutout of the Wings en route to a 1-0 overtime win on May 3, 2004.

Calgary has managed only nine goals in this series, but won Games 3 and 4 by identical 3-2 scores. To force a Game 7, the Flames will need more production from Kristian Huselius, who enjoyed a breakout season with career highs of 34 goals and 43 assists, but has managed only two assists.

Zetterberg also had an assist Saturday for his first three-point game in the postseason. Datsyuk's goal was his third to lead the team.

If necessary, Game 7 is scheduled for Tuesday night in Detroit, where the Wings have outscored the Flames, 12-3, in their three wins.

 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80