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by Paul on 04/22/07 at 04:25 PM ET
via Darren Dreger at TSN,
The National Hockey League has delivered a message to the Calgary Flames.
Sources say Jamie McLennan has been suspended for five games for his slash on Detroit’s Johan Franzen in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarter-finals.
McLennan’s slash was part of an undisciplined display from Calgary that included a Daymond Langkow uppercut to the face of Brett Lebda following a Lebda hip-check, along with a Jarome Iginla butt-end, leading to a late game crosscheck on Red Wings veteran Mathieu Schneider.
Brett Lebda will not play tonight for Detroit because of injury. Lebda is said to be suffering “headaches.”
added 2:31pm, Playfair fined $25K and the organization $100K, per NBC broadcast.
added 2:32pm, NHL Release
NEW YORK (April 22, 2007) – Calgary Flames goaltender Jamie McLennan has been suspended five games, 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 Five of the team’s Western Conference Quarter-final series against the Detroit Red Wings.
McLennan was assessed a Match Penalty for slashing Detroit’s Johan Franzen at 17:01 of the third period, one of four different penalties the Flames were assessed for aggressive and illegal use of the stick (slashing or cross-checking) in the closing minutes of play. The Red Wings led 5-1 at the time.
“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.”
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