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Old 05-16-2007, 05:24 PM   #1346
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Pronger is out for Game 4. Given his history against the Red Wings, the Ducks may consider this lucky.

Pronger suspended for hit on Wings' Holmstrom

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Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger received a one-game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday for his hit on Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom the previous night.


The Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom was flattened by the Ducks' Chris Pronger in Game 3.


Pronger, a former Norris Trophy winner and a finalist for the award this year, will miss Game 4 of the Ducks-Red Wings series Thursday night in Anaheim. He leads the Ducks with 12 points, including three goals, during this year's playoffs.


Detroit beat Anaheim 5-0 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.


Holmstrom had two goals and an assist in the blowout, but left the game midway through the second period to get cuts on his forehead stitched up after Pronger and teammate Rob Niedermayer almost simultaneously slammed him into the glass.


Niedermayer drew a five-minute major for boarding and was ejected, but Pronger was not assessed a penalty on the play. The NHL reviewed the play Wednesday, Pronger spoke to the league on the phone and the decision was made to suspend him.


Holmstrom returned to begin the third period and had an assist on the Red Wings' final goal.


He said after the game that he wasn't exactly sure what happened.


"I got run into the boards, got hit again," Holmstrom said. "I never saw the guy come from behind.


"Get stitched up, yeah, I was ready for the third."


Niedermayer said he was surprised by the penalty.


"All I did was take a few strides, finish my check and hit him with my shoulder," he said. "You don't want to see anybody hurt out there, that's for sure. I'm glad he was back playing."
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