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Empty Netter Assists - 4-27-09

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Playoff Stuff

Penguins-Flyers

-"Everybody must like us. We have our pictures taken so much." - Natalia Malkin.

-"We've got to figure it out." - Sidney Crosby (right) on his team's power play which has gone 4-for-29 in the playoffs.

-The Penguins wanted nothing to do with a Game 7.

-Sidney Crosby isn't too popular in Philadelphia.

-How important is Sergei Gonchar to the Penguins?

-When should interim head coach Dan Bylsma become head coach Dan Bylsma?

-Bylsma stopped by in Wilkes-Barre to catch up with his family and old team.

-There were several reasons the Flyers were one and done.

-The Flyers' president doesn't think his teams needs any major changes for next season.

Bruins

-Boston defenseman Mark Stuart likes to hit.

-Much like the Penguins, the Bruins are sitting and waiting to figure out who they play next.

Capitals-Rangers

-Tom Poti (right) had a goal and three assists for the Capitals in a 5-3 win at New York. David Steckel added two assists for Washington which tied the series, 3-3. Scott Gomez led the Rangers with a goal and an assist.

-The Rangers wrote a letter to Gary Bettman imploring the NHL to punish the Capitals for failing to provide a safe environment in Game 5 near the Rangers' bench:

"According to Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay, one patron was screaming at the team, in graphic language, about whether Dan Girardi and Marc Staal have a sexual relationship. This was within earshot of several children seated nearby. Several other fans also made repeated homophobic remarks. Moreover, Mr. Ramsay reported that he and other bench personnel were spit on by one or more "fans" as they yelled through the gaps in the glass."

-If people were being spit on, that's well over the line and no one should have to put up with it. But to complain about homophobic remarks is a little weak. Seriously, have Glen Sather or any of the Rangers ever been to an NHL arena? Or any sort of professional sports venue? Like Madison Square Garden? How can something like that get them flustered? That doesn't excuse whatever the Capitals fans did or said, but the Rangers should realize that's part of the deal of being a professional athlete.

-With John Tortorella suspended yesterday, assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld took over as head coach. That forced the Rangers to used Ken Gernander and J.J. Daigneault, coaches from their AHL affiliate inĀ  Hartford, as assistants. Daigneault is a former Penguins defenseman.

"It was pretty vicious. He was hurt significantly on the play." Jim Schoenfeld on an injury suffered by Rangers Blair Betts. Betts was dropped by a hit to head by Capitals forward Donald Brashear.

-In addition to the hit on Betts, Brashear could be facing discipline over a pregame confrontation with Rangers goon Colton Orr.

-This game had all kinds of weird stuff happen yesterday. Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky required a Tetanus shot after he was allegedly bitten by Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrisonn.

-Has anyone seen Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (right)?

"When we play our game, we play simple, we play hard and nobody can stop us." - Washington forward Alex Ovechkin.

-The Rangers have lost their last four Game 7s on the road.

-There has been no logic to this series.

-Tom Poti chose a good time to have his most productive game as a Capital.

-Are the Rangers whining too much?

Devils-Hurricanes

-Cam Ward made 28 saves and led the Hurricanes to a 4-0 shutout of Devils. Eric Staal had two goals and an assist while teammate Ray Whitney added a goal and three assists for Carolina which tied the series, 3-3.

-Martin Brodeur isn't the only high-profile Cup-winning goaltender in this series. Don't forget Cam Ward.

-The return of forward Sergei Samsonov was key for Carolina. He missed Game 5 due to a leg injury.

-Ray Whitney finally showed up.

"We looked dead." - Devils forward John Madden.

-Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a "lower-body" injury.

-The local Time Warner cable provider in North Carolina had some issues last night and parts of Game 6 were interrupted for customers.

Sharks-Ducks

-The Sharks need forward Joe Thornton to elevate his game in Game 6 just like he did in Game 5.

-San Jose forward Jeremy Roenick pretty much called on Thornton to bring the intensity.

-Sharks forward Ryane Clowe wants to bring the Stanley Cup back to Newfoundland.

-Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne (right) has yet to find the net this series.

Red Wings

-Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood isn't concerned about getting rusty following his team's first-round sweep of the Blue Jackets.

-Detroit is giving out playoff tickets to the fan judged to have the best playoff beard.

Canucks

-The Canucks are another team waiting to figure out who they play next.

-Forward Ryan Kesler has become a very complete player for the Canucks.

-Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo is improving his puck handling.

-Vancouver's playoff rookies have handled their postseason debuts well.

Blackhawks-Flames

"We'll be ready [tonight]." - Flames coach Jarome Iginla.

-Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf is questionable for tonight's Game 6 due to an undisclosed injury.

-A win tonight would move the Blackhawks on to the second round for the first time since 1996.

IIHF World Championships

-Former Penguins forward Aleksey Morozov had an assist for Russia in a 7-2 rout of France.

-Lightning forward Martin St. Louis (right) had a hat trick and an assist for Canada which routed Hungary, 9-0. Blues goaltender Chris Mason made 16 saves in the shutout.

-An overtime goal by Islanders defenseman Mark Streit gave Switzerland a 3-2 win against Germany.

-Oleg Antonenko and Andrei Stas each had goals for Belarus in a 2-1 defeat of Slovakia. Former Penguins forward Konstantin Koltsov is serving as Belarus' captain.

Non-Playoff Stuff

Patrick Division

-Kansas City is still looking for a primary tennant for the Sprint Center.

(Photos: Crosby-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Chris McGrath/Getty Images; Selanne-Kevin Djasezian/Getty Images; St. Louis-Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

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