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Devils coach suspended

New Jersey coach Robbie Ftorek was suspended for one game by the NHL Monday for throwing part of the team's bench onto the ice during a game at Detroit.

Ftorek threw the bench during the second period of New Jersey's 3-1 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday.

He was incensed that referee Stephen Walkom had failed to stop play while Devils forward Jay Pandolfo lay on the ice with serious facial cuts. Detroit's Kirk Maltby scored, giving the Red Wings a 3-1 lead while play continued.

Pandolfo required 84 stitches to close four separate wounds on his forehead and around his left eye. Walkom said after the game he didn't stop play because he hadn't seen Pandolfo, Ftorek said.

The NHL also fined Ftorek, team general manager Lou Lamoriello said. The amount of the fine was not disclosed.

Assistants Larry Robinson and Slava Fetisov will coach the team during Wednesday night's game at New York against the Rangers.

MCCLEARY UPDATE: Canadiens center Trent McCleary had surgery Monday to repair a complex break of his larynx and remained in critical condition in a Montreal hospital, the team said.

McCleary, who also suffered a collapsed lung when he was hit in the throat by a slap shot during Saturday's game against Philadelphia, still was breathing with a respirator. He was out of danger of dying from the injuries but remained in Montreal General Hospital's intensive care unit.

SENATORS: The team has no immediate plans to move next season, but it will stay at a price.

The Senators are increasing the cost of season tickets 17 percent in an attempt to raise money. A federal government plan to bail out the six Canadian NHL teams collapsed last month.

"It's possible that by Feb. 11 that fans will say, "enough is enough,' and we'll come to the meeting saying we're going," owner Rod Bryden said. "We will move unless we can have a viable business. We are giving our fans and corporate sponsors the final say on if we stay or go."

FLYERS: Defenseman Adam Burt was cleared to play after sustaining a concussion.

HURRICANES: Owner Peter Karmanos Jr. was recuperating after double coronary bypass surgery.

Also, the team promoted general manager Jim Rutherford to chief executive officer and named Jim Cain the new president and chief operating officer to replace Rutherford.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington defenseman Sergei Gonchar was honored after leading the team in scoring during four wins.

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