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Empty Netter Assists - 04-26-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff

Penguins-Senators

-"It was real physical, real tough." - Jordan Staal (above, with Ottawa's Anton Volchenkov) on his his team's six-game series with the Senators.

-Who could the Penguins face in the second round?

-Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson played like a $7 million man.

Capitals-Canadiens

-If anyone has seen Capitals forward Alexander Semin (right), please tell him that the playoffs have begun.

-The Canadiens found something with a line of Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez and Travis Moen.

-Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek is dealing with an illness.

-Mike Yeo is apparently coaching the Capitals' power play.

Devils-Flyers

-Hey... maybe that Chris Pronger trade did pay off for the Flyers.

Sabres-Bruins

-Could Bruins forward Marc Savard return to the lineup tonight from his concussion?

-If anyone has seen Bruins forwards Milan Lucic or Marco Sturm, please tell them the playoffs have begun.

-Sabres forward Thomas Vanek could return to the lineup from an ankle injury.

-"It's once again a do-or-die situation. I think we're up to it." - Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta.

Sharks-Avalanche

-The Avalanche took a first step towards becoming a playoff contender this season.

-Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson had a save percentage of .933 in the postseason. In franchis history, only Patrick Roy had a better percentage (.934) in club's 2001 Stanley Cup run.

Blackhawks-Predators

-"We have to go in there and win this game, not look at it like we have Game 7 back in our building. This is a game we've got to take." Blackhawks forward John Madden (right) on his team having a 3-2 series lead.

-NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell took the clean track record of Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa into account when he opted not to suspend Hossa for his hit from behind on Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis in Game 5.

-"I thought, from our standpoint, it merited a suspension and a game misconduct, but the league didn't, so we move on." - Predators general manager David Poile on the hit.

-The Predators are still trying to win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.

Canucks-Kings

-Daniel Sedin (above) had a goal with 2:03 left in regulation and led the Canucks to a series-clinching 4-2 win at Los Angeles. Sedin added an assist while teammate and former Penguins forward Mikael Samuelsson recorded two assists. Roberto Luongo made 30 saves in the victory for Vancouver which won the series, 4-2.

-Check out this ridiculous save by Luongo on Kings forward Ryan Smyth:

-"I saw ‘Smitty’ winding up and, luckily, he doesn’t have a howitzer." - Luongo on the save.

-Handshake line:

-Luongo had issues with this puck:

-Happy times for Canucks forward Alex Burrows who paid a tribute to late teammate Luc Bourdon with a bow and arrow gesture:

-Happy times in Los Angeles:

-Cool Photo of the Night: Quick taking the ice:

-Quick had issues with this puck:

-Quick lunging out for a puck:

-Sad times for Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi:

-If there's anyone who could used a little downtime, it's oft-injured Caucks defenseman Sami Salo.

-The Canucks are already thinking about a re-match with the Blackhawks.

-"I'll see you in the playoffs." - What Luongo, while playing for Team Canada in the Olympics, said to Blackhawks and Team USA forward Patrick Kane after the gold medal match.

-"I'm thinking about the positives. The Kings haven't made the playoffs for however many years it's been and to finally do that is a big feat for us." - Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.

-Doughty and teammate Wayne Simmonds would like to play for Canada in next month's IIHF World Championships in Germany.

Coyotes-Red Wings

-Taylor Pyatt (above) had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes in a 5-2 win at Detroit. Teammate Keith Yandle added two assists while Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves in the victory which tied the series, 3-3.

-Phoenix's Derek Morris had issues with Detroit's Justin Abdelkader:

-Happy times for Phoenix's Wojtek Wolski:

-Brzygalov and Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi kept their eyes on this puck:

-Bryzgalov reaching out for a puck:

-Happy times for Pyatt, former Penguin Robert Lang (center) and Radim Vrbata:

-Abdelkader had issues with Phoenix's Keith Yandle:

-The Coyotes inserted a couple of former Red Wings - Robert Lang and Mathieu Schneider - onto the power play which created three goals.

-Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said the Coyotes got lucky in winning Game 6.

-"No, why?." - Howard on if he was nervous about Game 7.

-If you can imagine such a think, a turnover by Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart led to a crucial goal for Phoenix. Maxime Talbot not impressed.

-"They're a real good team, but we like to think we're a better team." - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

Non-Playoff Stuff

Penguins

-Penguins prospect Philip Samuelsson (right), the son of former Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, is facing alcohol-related charges in Boston. Philip, a defenseman with Boston College, was one of seven students charged. They were each in a SUV which crashed into a trolley. Three of the students were treated for injuries. One was hospitalized.

-Happy 33rd birthday to current Penguins forward Craig Adams. Claimed off waivers from the Blackhawks late in the 2008-09 season, Adams appeared in nine games for the Penguins last regular season and recorded one assist. He played in all 24 of the club's playoff games during its run to a third Stanley Cup title and scored five points. This past season, he was one of two players to appear in all 82 of the club's regular season game. In 91 games with the Penguins he has recorded 11 points (all assists), 317th all-time on the franchise' all-time scoring list..

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Victor Ignatjev. A free agent signing prior to the 1998-99 season, Ignatjev appeared in 11 games for the Penguins that regular season and recorded three assists. A shoulder injury cost him most of that campaign but he was able to appear in one playoff game for the team that spring. The following offseason, he joined Nurnberg in Germany.

Pacific Division

-Stars forward Brad Richards underwent hip surgery. He will need 8-12 weeks to recover.

(Photos: Staal-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Semin-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Madden-Elsa/Getty Images; Canucks/Kings-Chris Carlson/Associated Press and Stephen Dunn/Getty Images; Coyotes-Red Wings-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press and Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; Samuelsson-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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