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Chris Pronger blasts refereeing after serving his one-game suspension

Pronger was quoted following a radio interview Friday in California as saying the refereeing in Game 4 was "an absolute joke."

The NHL has administered fines for similar comments in the past. After practice Saturday, Pronger opted not to talk about it. He hadn't been contacted by the league, he said, and he wanted to focus on Game 5 on Sunday.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said he wasn't aware of Pronger's assessment of the refereeing.

"Everybody is entitled to their own opinion," said Carlyle.


BERT BAGGED: Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi left practice early Saturday but there was nothing to it, said coach Mike Babcock.

"At this time of year, they get tired of the coach, don't want to hang out with him quite as long," Babcock said before grinning.


HOT GOALIES: Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Ducks is 7-3 in the post-season with a .930 save percentage and 1.88 goals-against average, while Dominik Hasek of the Red Wings is 10-6 with a .928 save percentage and 1.67 GAA.


BIG BIRD: There was a three-foot-tall, yellow, shaggy-haired, stuffed bird hanging from the ceiling in the Ducks' dressing room Saturday.

It had 14 and Kunitz on the back. Team trainers put it on display to humour Regina-born Chris Kunitz, who isn't able to play in the Western Conference final because of a broken right wrist.

"It's disappointing not to be able to be out there with my teammates," said Kunitz, 27. "This is something we worked together all year for.

"It's tough watching and not being able to change anything. I'm trying to be here for the guys - moral support or whatever."

He holds out hope that he'd be able to get back into the lineup should the Ducks advance to the Stanley Cup final.

"Anything is possible, right?" he said.


FOLLOWING FORM: That the Western Conference final between the two top-seeded clubs is tied 2-2 hasn't surprised anybody.

"It's what we expected," said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. "We think we've got a good team, and we think they've got a good team.

"They probably left Game 1 thinking they could have won. We left Game 4 thinking we could have won. It's even. So, now here we go."


FARM WORK AWAITS: Ducks forward Travis Moen will be returning to Stewart Valley, Sask., at the end of June to help out on the family's 1,415-hectare cattle and grain farm, which is managed by his brother.

"Cutting and baling hay for winter feed takes up most of July," Moen, 25, said after practice Saturday. "The combining will be done in August."

That'll bring in lentils, chick peas, barley and oats.

"It's great to spend the summer with the family," said Moen.



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