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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89