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Empty Netter Assists - 04-27-10

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Playoff Stuff

Penguins-Senators

-"Every morning it seems like he's got about 10 cups of coffee in him. He's an exciting guy to meet in the morning." - Jordan Staal on Dan Bylsma (above).

-All of a sudden, the Penguins' power play is clicking.

-Is Chris Conner big enough for the NHL?

-Jay McKee made an appearance on NHL Power Play:

-Ditto Pascal Dupuis and NHL Live:

-This is over a week old, but more training talk with former Penguins forward Gary Roberts prior to Game 3:

-Considering they missed the playoffs last season and suffered significant injuries prior to this season's playoffs, the Senators are satisfied with their season.

-Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia.

-The Senators are facing some serious free agent issues as they enter the offseason.

-"I don't know whether or not I'm going to be able to get him signed." - Senators general manager Bryan Murray on the chances of re-signing shot-blocking defenseman Anton Volchenkov.

-"Obviously my goals and points, I guess, are a record for me. That's positive. And I thought I was pretty consistent. But, the way I look at it, it's always about the next game and the next year, and I want to be better and take it to the next level. So you can't be too satisfied. But it was not a bad year." - Senators forward and former Penguin Jarkko Ruutu on his season.

-EN reader Maria Boggia took a stab at a CBC-esque montage:

Capitals-Canadiens

-Mike Cammalleri had two goals and an assist for the Canadiens in a 4-1 win against the Capitals. Teammate Tomas Plekanec added a goal adn an assist for Montreal while Jaroslav Halak (above) made an astounding 53 saves in the victory which tied the series, 3-3. Game 7 is Wednesday in Washington.

-Check out the rocket Cammalleri scored his second goal on:

-Halak and former Penguins defenseman Hal Gill kept their eyes on this puck:

-Halak gloved this one:

-Cammalleri being popular:

-Happy times for Plekanec:

-Gill guarding Ovechkin:

-Washington captain Alex Ovechkin tried to bulldog Montreal's Josh Gorges apparently:

-Towel time in Montreal:

-We don't want to say the fans in Montreal are getting a little ahead of themselves, but...:

-"It feels great, but there's another game ahead of us and we have to get ready." - Halak.

-"He was the difference, pure and simple." - Cammalleri on Halak.

-"Sometimes goalies get into a zone where nothing was going to beat him. He got in that zone." - Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau on Halak.

-"Another [expletive] Game 7." - Capitals general manager George McPhee on his team's fourth consecutive Game 7.

-Bad historical note for the Canadiens. Since the current playoff format was adopted in 1994, no eighth-seeded team has come back from a 3-1 series deficit to win.

-The Canadiens recalled defenseman P.K. Subban from Hamilton of the AHL.

-"I think most Leaf fans are going to stay loyal to their team, but most Canadians want to see a Canadian team do well in the playoffs. And all Canadians want to see a Canadian team win the Stanley Cup." - Subban, a native of the greater Toronto area.

-Gill has been a big part, literally, of the Canadien's stellar penalty killing in the postseason. Fire Ray Shero.

Sabres-Bruins

-David Krejci had two goals and an assist for Boston in a 4-3 series-clinching win against the Sabres. Former Penguins Mark Recchi and Miroslav Satan (above) each recorded a goal and an assist for Boston while teammate Milan Lucic netted two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Tuukka Rask made 27 saves in the victory which won the series, 4-3.

-Handshake line:

-Bruins captain Zdeno Chara exchanging greetings with his Buffalo counterpart, captain Craig Rivet:

-Rask wasn't messing around with his handshake:

-Happy times for the Bruins. Not so much for Buffalo's Thomas Vanek:

-Krejci might have had some success with scoring the goals. But he needs work on celebrating them:

-Chara started an impromptu session of the largest rendition of "YMCA" ever:

-We think.

-Teammates Dennis Wideman (rear) and Milan Lucic joined in too:

-We think.

-Lucic sporting a nice hockey face:

-We think someone scored a goal or something here:

-Boston coach Claude Julien being all frumpy:

-"When he’s got it going, the puck finds him." - Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman on Krejci.

-"He’s played well, he’s played hard, and he doesn’t look like a 42-year-old." - Julien on Recchi.

-The Bruins clinched a playoff series at home for the first time since 1999.

-"Two reasons I wanted to sign for half the year: Olympics and playoffs." - Satan who joined the Bruins in January.

-Bruins forward Marc Savard did not play due to his head injury.

-Sabres forward Thomas Vanek did return to the lineup after missing three games due to an ankle injury.

-"Our special teams were not good." - Sabres forward Mike Grier.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage:

Flyers

-Philadelphia forward SImon Gagne, orginially expected to miss three weeks due to a broken toe, is healing pretty quickly and could return by Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has gotten all of his players to buy in.

-Eddie Van Halen. A Daniel Carcillo fan.

Sharks-Avalanche

-With Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley struggling in the playoffs, the Sharks have become Joe Pavelski's team.

-"I think we're headed in the right direction." - Avalanche coach Joe Sacco.

Blackhawks-Predators

-Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks in a 5-3 series clinching win at Nashville. Former Penguin Marian Hossa (above, with Sharp and Tomas Kopecky) added three assists while teammate Duncan Keith recorded a goal and an assist. Fire Ray Shero. Antti Niemi made 25 saves inthe victory which secured the series, 4-2. Jason Arnott led the Predators with two goals.

-A good look at Sharp's goal:

-Finnish goaltenders passing in the night. Nashville's Pekke Rinne and Niemi:

-Handshake line:

-Happy times for Chicago's Patrick Kane:

-Happy times for the Blackhawks:

-The Blackhawks are popular:

-Happy times for Arnott and teammate Martin Erat:

-Anthem time in Nashville:

-Rinne and Niemi sharing a glance prior to the game:

-Nashville's Shea Weber is a believer:

-Painful times for Weber:

-Check out this hip check by Nashville's Dan Hamhuis stuck on Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien:

-"From the first shift of Game 1 right to the end there with the empty net, it was one of the toughest series we've seen as a team." - Sharp.

-Check out this goal Chicago's Patrick Kane "scored:"

-"It was kind of a fluky play." - Kane being understated.

-Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is popular in Nashville:

-Nashville's power play was 1 for 26 over the course of the series. Even Mike Yeo feels bad.

-Predators forward Patric Hornqvist returned to the line up after missing four games due to an "upper-body" injury.

-They don't like Marian Hossa in Nashville either. He was constantly booed throughtout the game by Predators fans.

Canucks-Kings

-"Our guys, I feel, are not satisfied at all with what we've accomplished, because we haven't accomplished anything." - Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

-Canucks forward Alex Burrows (right), who led the team with 35 goals in the regular season, only had one goal - an empty netter - in the first round against the Kings.

-To say the least, they're getting a little too excited a little too early for the Canucks in Vancouver. They've declared today "Canucks Day" in Vancouver in honor honour of the team advancing all the way to the second round....

-According to the Vancouver Sun, the Canucks begin their series with the Blackhawks Friday.

-"Next season essentially starts now." - Kings general manager Dean Lombardi.

Coyotes-Red Wings

-With tonight's Game 7, the Coyotes have a chance to advance past the first round for only the third time in the franchise's history as an NHL team.

-Coyotes captain Shane Doan is once again a game-time decision tonight due to an "upper-body" injury.

-"Obviously on paper, even though they were fifth (seed), everybody would pick them over the Coyotes, purely on experience." - Coyotes forward and former Penguin Robert Lag on the Red Wings.

-"This is what you dream of as a kid when you're playing street hockey and everything like that." - Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (right).

-The Red Wings have not won a Game 7 on the road since 1964.

-A year after losing his fiance in a car accident, Coyotes forward Taylor Pyatt is still hurting.

Smythe Division

-They still call checking from behind right?

Non-Playoff Stuff

Penguins

-Penguins owner Ron Burkle apparently has a lot of money to waste.

-Today would've been the 69th birthday of former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets forward Bob Dillabough. Claimed from the Bruins in the 1967 expansion draft, Dillabough spent parts fo two seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in 47 games and recorded 19 points in the Penguins'  innagural season in 1967-68. The following season, after playing in 14 games, he was traded to the Oakland Seal in exchange for Bill Harris. In 62 games with the Penguins, Dillabough recorded 19 points. He died in 1997 at the age of 55.

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins forward Anders Hakansson (right). Acquired early in the 1982-83 season along with Ron Meighan and a draft pick in exchange for George Ferguson and a draft pick, Hakansson, the first Swedish player in franchise history, spent part of only one season with the Penguins. In 62 games that campain, he recorded 21 points. The following offseason, he was traded to the Kings in exchange for Kevin Stevens.

Atlantic Division

-"It's the end of the line. I'll be 65. It's just time." - Former Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on retiring.

-Who could take over for Lemaire?

-Despite never missing the playoffs, the Devils have made 10 coaching changes in the past decade.

-Forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who always "considered" re-signing with the Thrashers, says he'll consider re-signing with the Devils.

Northwest Division

-Avalanche rookie forward Matt Duchene will play for Canada in next month's IIHF World Championships in Germany.

-The Wild signed college free agent forward Jarod Palmer to a one-year entry-level contract. Palmer previously played for Miami, Ohio.

Norris Division

-Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster (right), Sharks forward Jed Ortmeyer and Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore were named as finalist for the Masterton Trophy.

-Former Lightning/Blackhawks forward Radek Smolenak has joined HC Sparta in the Czech Republic.

-Former Mighty Ducks/Blackhawks forward Michael Holmqvist has joined Linkoping HC in Sweden.

-Today would've been the 101st birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Vern Ayres.

(Photos: Bylsma-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Capitals/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images and Canadian Press; Sabres/Bruins-Elise Amendola/Associated Press, Charles Krupa/Associated Press and Elsa/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Predators-Frederick Breedon/Getty Images and Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Burrows-Chris Carlson/Associated Press; Howard-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Hakansson-eBay; Foster-Elsa/Getty Images)

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