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Sens' Michalek not punished for incident

Ottawa Senators' Milan Michalek celebrates a goal against

Ottawa Senators' Milan Michalek celebrates a goal against the New York Rangers during the second period of Game 4. (April 18, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Senators forward Milan Michalek, who kicked out his skate and struck Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi's thigh while lying in the crease resulting in a controversial goal in the final minute for Ottawa in Game 6, was issued a warning but not punished for the incident.

Michalek was down, facing the net and Girardi, Ryan Callahan and linesman Shane Heyer were on top of him, the video shows; Girardi is jolted and complains to the officials.

The league's vice president of player safety, Brendan Shanahan, reviewed footage of the scrum and did not issue a fine or suspension, apparently deciding that the move was not designed to injure. Girardi was unhurt.

 

Alfredsson loses temper

It was John Mitchell's check that sent Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson into a rare moment of losing control. After Mitchell's hit near the boards at 5:22 of the third period Monday, Alfredsson went directly to the bench, smashed his stick twice, tossed it, then fired a water bottle on the ground and stomped it with his skate.

"Mitchell laid a pretty good lick on me," Alfredsson told reporters in Ottawa Tuesday. "It was clean . . . I was mad I didn't see him earlier. I just lost it."

Alfredsson, 39, was named one of three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which honors perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey, in voting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and said his meltdown did not set a good example for teammates. "I've got to control myself," Alfredsson said. "I don't think you'll see that again."

 

 

Big ratings for Game 6

Game 6 of the Rangers-Senators series Monday night averaged 4.27 percent of homes in the New York area, making it MSG's highest-rated Rangers game since May 6, 1997, when a conference semifinal game against the Devils drew 5.01 percent. Monday's rating peaked at 5.99 between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m.

With Neil Best

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