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Empty Netter Assists - 04-24-10

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Playoff Stuff

Penguins-Senators

-"There's a great challenge for both teams to reset emotionally in very short order." - Dan Bylsma (above).

-We're willing to bet the Senators probably found a way to block at least one shot somewhere between Game 5 and 6.

-Senators goaltender Pascal Leclaire's win in Game 5 was only his second victory of the 2010 calendar year.

-"We've still got to win to stay alive, and that's our main focus right now."  - Leclaire.

-Multiple overtime games can have an awful toll on the body.

-The Senators won Game 5 despite having nemesis Gary Roberts in the house.

-Speaking of Roberts, he had a solid pregame interview on Hockey Night in Canada prior to Game 3 and shared a lot of good stuff about Sidney Crosby's training:

Capitals-Canadiens

-Jaroslav Halak returned to the lineup and made 37 saves for the Canadiens in a 2-1 win at Washington. Mike Cammalleri and Travis Moen scored goals for Montreal which held off elimination. The Capitals lead the series, 3-2.

-Check out Moen's goal:

-A good look at Moen's goal:

-Capitals forward Eric Belanger practiced a little self-dentistry during the game:

-"We let it slip away. We have Game 5 in our building, and we play like crap the first 10 minutes, and the game's over." - Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.

-"The other reason is that we're not getting 20 guys playing. We're getting 13 and 14 guys every night, rather than everybody coming to play. Tonight we had five or six passengers again." - Boudreau.

-Boudreau didn't react well when his team took a too many men on the ice penalty:

-Happy times for Halak and teammate Andrei Markov:

-Happy times for the Canadiens. Not so much for Ovechkin:

-Sad times for Boudreau and Ovechkin:

-Toothy times for Ovechkin:

-Washington's Boyd Gordon and Montreal's Scott Gomez kicked up some ice:

-Montreal's Roman Hamrlik getting the drop on Washington's Brendan Morrison:

-Washington's Semyon Varlamov kept his eyes on this puck:

-"I think if you squeeze the bottle, your hand's going to shake." - Halak in reference to Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin claiming Halak was nervous and shaking his water bottle in Game 2.

-Ovechkin called out teammates Tomas Fleischmann and Alexander Semin who have yet to score in the series.

-Cammalleri admitted his team drew some inspiration from the Senators in terms of staying alive.

-Capitals forward Alexander Semin (40 regular season goals) and Mike Green (19 regular season goals) have yet to score in the series.

-Ovechkin sort of, kind of defended his decision to spray down a kid with ice shaving prior to Game 4.

-Capitals forward Brooks Laich actually compared Capitals fans people in Washington who attend hockey games to Canadiens fans.

Devils-Flyers

-Flyers forward Ian Laperriere (right) suffered a broken orbital bone after he blocked a shot with his face.

-The Flyers want to get some battered bodies healthy with their down time before the second round.

-Devils overlord Lou Lamoriello said he will try to re-sign pending free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk.

-Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek apologized to his fans for the team's quick exit.

Sabres-Bruins

-Tyler Ennis and Jason Pominville each had goal and an assist for the Sabres a 4-1 win at Boston. Ryan Miller (above) made 34 saves for Buffalo which stayed alive. The Bruins lead the series, 3-2.

-This game ended in a very gentlemanly fashion:

-Despite getting a fighting major, game misconduct and an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of play during that scrum (which is supposed to lead to an automatic suspension), Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will not be suspended.

-Happy times for Buffalo:

-Boston's Danile Paille snuck an elbow into the back of the skull of Buffalo's Paul Gaustad:

-Miller had issues with Boston forward and former Penguin Miroslav Satan:

-Sabres coach Lindy Ruff had issues with an official:

-"You have to play 60 minutes to get a playoff win." - Bruins defenseman Johnny Boycuk who apparently didn't watch Game 5 of the Penguins-Senators series.

-Sabres forward Mike Grier blocked a shot. With his ear.

-"They never told you which order you had to win in." - Miller on his team's hopes for winning four games.

-"A guy his size trying to run over guys twice his size, that puts a smile on a coach’s face." - Ruff on Ennis who runs 5-foot-9, 163-pounds.

-"I'm not scoring. I'm not doing what I've got to do to stay in the lineup. I wouldn't play me, either." - Sabres forward Raffi Torres (right) on being a healthy scratch.

Sharks-Avalanche

-"We'll come out and play the type of game that we have all season long when our backs are against the wall." - Avalanche coach Joe Sacco on how his team will face Game 6 being down, 3-2.

-Like just about anyone watching these playoffs, the Avalanche isn't happy with the officiating.

-Avalanche forward Peter Mueller (concussion) skated for the first time in nearly three weeks.

-"Our motto has been that every hit is an investment. It might not have paid off in Game 1 or Game 2, but as the series wears on, it takes a toll." - Sharks forward Scott Nichol.

Blackhawks-Predators

-"Every second game we score. So, it looks good for next game." - Predators coach Barry Trotz on Game 5. His team was shutout in Games 2 and 4.

-Despite taking a puck to the face and needing 45 stiches and plastic surgery to repair the damage following Game 4, Predators forward Jordin Tootoo is expected to play in Game 5.

-Blackhawks defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Brent Sopel must play for the Senators. Because all they do is block shots.

-Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell was confident in his first game back from shoulder and rib injuries suffered March 14.

-Game 6 of the series at Bridgestone Arena has been scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday.

Canucks-Kings

-Former Penguins forward Mikael Samuelsson (above, with Sami Salo)  had two goals and an assist for the Canucks in a 7-2 rout of the Kings. Fire Craig Patrick. Steve Bernier added two goals while teammate Pavol Demitra recorded a goal and two assists. Roberto Luongo made 24 saves in the victory which gave Vancouver a 3-2 series lead.

-Check out this blast Demitra scored on:

-Check out Samuelsson's second goal:

-Samuelsson scored his seventh goal of the series and tied Pavel Bure's franchise record for goals in a series.

-We don't want to accuse Kings forward Justin Williams of cross checking Luongo here... but...:

-Vancouver's Rick Rypien > Los Angeles' Richard Clune:

-We're not goaltending experts, but we're thinking Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick played the wrong angle here:

-Los Angeles' Erik Ersberg had issues with this puck:

-Vancouver's Shane O'Brien and Los Angeles' Wayne Simmonds had issues:

-Canucks forward Ryan Kesler said his team got contributions from all four lines.

-"That was about as bad as it gets for us." - Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi.

Coyotes-Red Wings

-Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings in a 4-1 win at Phoenix. Jimmy Howard (above) made 30 saves in the victory which gave Detroit a 3-2 series lead.

-Check out this pair of saves by Howard on Phoenix' Martin Hanzal:

-Red Wings coach Mike Babcock called the saves the turning point of the game.

-Speaking of Babcock:

-Happy times for Holmstrom, Datsyuk, center, and Brian Rafalski:

-We're not goaltending experts, but we're thinking Howard played the wrong angle here:

-A good look at the lid of Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov:

-An octopus in its natural habitat on a sheet of ice in Arizona:

-Gruff times for Coyotes coach and former Penguins forward Dave Tippett:

-He's pointy.

-Check out the reaction from the "home" fans on Datsyuk's goal:

-Detroit's Brad Stuart > Phoenix's Petr Prucha:

-Holmstrom recorded two points despite being bumped to the fourth line.

-Coyotes defenseman and former Red Wing Mathieu Schneider played for the first time this series.

Non-Playoff Stuff

Penguins

-Happy 23rd birthday to current Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (right). A third-round pick in 2005, Letang has spent parts of the last four seasons with the Penguins. After scoring two goals in a seven-game tryout with the Penguins in 2006-07, Letang broke through to the NHL full-time in 2007-08 and recorded 17 points in 63 games. The following season, Letang began the campain with the NHL club and recorded 33 points in 74 games. He played in all 23 of the team's playoff game, recorded 13 points and helped the team earn its third Stanley Cup title. In 217 games with the Penguins, Letang has 79 points, 96th most in franchise history.

-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Peter Skudra. A free agent signing prior to the 1997-98 season, Skudra spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. The 1997-98 season was his first in the NHL and saw him act as the primary back up to starter Tom Barrasso. The 1998-99 campaign was by far his best in the NHL as he set career highs in games played (37), wins (15) and shutouts (3). His playing time dipped in 1999-2000 as he only saw action in 20 games and recorded five wins. The following offseason, he signed with the Bruins.

Atlantic Division

-NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, was being considered for the 2011 Winter Classic.

Southeast Division

-We like to think we've done our fair share of poking holes into the myth of Capitals "defense"man Mike Green's Norris Trophy credentials. But Anthony SanFilippo makes us look like a Capitals public relations flack with this scathing piece of Green.

Northeast Division

-The Maple Leafs signed free agent Jussi Rynnas to a two-year entry-level contract.

Central Division

-For only the second time in 12 years, Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom (right) was not named a finalists for the Norris Trophy.

Northwest Division

-The Oilers canned trainer Ken Lowe and equipment managers Barrie Stafford and Lyle Kulchisky. Kulchisky had been with the team for 34 seasons. Stafford was with the organizaton for 29 years while Lowe spent 21 seasons with Edmonton. The Oilers, who haven't reached the postseason in four years, clearly found the problem.

Adams Division

-Happy 71st birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Ray Ceresino

-Today would've been the 87th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Gus Bodnar.

(Photos: Bylsma-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Bruins/Sabres-David Duprey/Associated Press and Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Canadiens/Capitals and Laperriere-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Kings/Canucks-Rich Lam/Getty Images and Canadian Press; Red Wings/Coyotes-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Letang-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Lidstrom-Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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