NEW YORK -- The NHL came down hard Sunday on Calgary,
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' first-round series against the Detroit Red Wings
McLennan was given a match penalty for slashing Detroit's Johan Franzen in the midsection at 17:01 of the third period, one of four
penalties the Flames were assessed for aggressive and illegal use
of the stick (slashing or cross-checking) in the closing minutes of
the Red Wings' 5-1 victory.
"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," NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell
said. "The coach and the organization must be held accountable for
the players' actions."
McLennan's suspension began with Game 6 Sunday night in
Calgary, but there won't be a Game 7 as the Wings won 2-1 in double overtime to eliminate the Flames from the playoffs.
Iginla took hooking and cross-checking minors in the final
"Even their captain, he should be in charge and he was one of
the guys who probably embarrassed himself because too many
penalties for no reason," Hasek said before Game 6. "I think it
"If I watched the game on TV, I would be very disappointed as a
Iginla was unavailable to immediately respond to Hasek's
comments because he had left the Pengrowth Saddledome following the
Flames' pre-game skate.
Calgary called-up goalie Brent Krahn from Omaha of the AHL to
backup Miikka Kiprusoff.
Mayfair inserted McLennan late into Saturday's game to conserve
Kiprusoff for Game 6, but McLennan lasted only 18 seconds.
Hasek and Iginla have history between them. Hasek has felt
Iginla deliberately interfered with him in the crease in both the
playoffs and the regular season.
Hasek gestured with his stick at Iginla behind the net in last
week's Game 4, which resulted in a minor penalty to Hasek and
Calgary scoring a power-play goal en route to a 3-2 win.