SAN JOSE - While the decision wasnít easy for San Jose coach Todd McLellan, Ryane Clowe, who took a skate Thursday morning at HP Pavilion, was in the lineup against the Detroit Red Wings in the final game of the Western semifinal.
McLellan said they didnít want to take any risks but made the decision just before game time.
ďFirst of all, itís important that we take care of the individual as far as health goes. We donít want to put him in a situation where we run that risk,Ē said McLellan. ďSecondly, obviously in Game 7 itís do or die and weíve got to play for a win. How does his ability to play the game properly affect us positively or negatively? Then we go from there.Ē
Detroit winger Johan Franzen, who has been nursing a sore ankle, wasnít able to return and will miss his second straight game after taking part in the morning skate. Kris Draper dressed for Mike Modano.