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Empty Netter Assists - 4-24-09

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Playoff Stuff

Penguins-Flyers

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We really only played 20 minutes." - Penguins forward Chris Kunitz on his team's effort.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer's recap. Martin Biron (right) recorded his second career postseason shutout.

-The Philadelphia Daily News' recap. The non-goal call on Evgeni Malkin's "goal" was Philadelphia's first big break of the series.

-The Associated Press' recap. The Flyers were desperate. The Penguins weren't.

-NHL.com's recap. You probably didn't have Arron Asham in your game-winner pool.

-It was Martin Biron's turn to steal a game.

"We needed Marty to be great." -Flyers coach John Stevens on Biron.

-Petr Sykora was surprised by his benching. Apparently he hasn't noticed he's only produced two goals since the start of March.

-Bob Smizik says the Penguins need some more secondary scoring.

-Game 6 will be intense.

-John Stevens said Arron Asham's goal got his team going.

-Will the Penguins win this series?

-Does Eric Godard deserve any playing time in the postseason?

-FSN Pittsburgh's broadcast bit the dust last night due to lightning.

-Here's the opening montage played at Wachovia Center:

-You stay classy Philadelphia.

-The 1992 Penguins are the last team to win the Stanley Cup despite playing a seven-game series in the first round.

Bruins-Canadiens

-The Bruins are happy to get some rest after a first-round sweep.

-They're dancing in Boston:

-Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward, owner of three Stanley Cup rings, is digging his team's confidence.

-Montreal captain Saku Koivu isn't sure about his future with the Habs.

"If things aren’t going well, your boss is going to give it to you. Unfortunately for me, my boss is 21,000 people." Montreal goaltender Carey Price on his treatment by the Habs' fans.

-Montreal has a lot of unrestricted free agents to worry about heading into the offseason.

-The Canadiens demoted forward Gregory Stewart and defenseman Yannick Weber to Hamilton of the AHL.

Capitals-Rangers

-Is Sean Avery hurting the Rangers?

-Capitals forward Brooks Laich says his team is desperate.

Hurricanes-Devils

-Martin Brodeur (right) rebounded from a tough Game 4 loss by making 44 saves and leading New Jersey to a 1-0 shutout win against the Hurricanes. David Clarkson scored for New Jersey with has a 3-2 series lead. From the "life's not fair" department, Cam Ward made 41 saves in the loss.

-Brodeur played through a cut ankle last night.

-Despite that, Brodeur was at his best last night.

-On top of everything, Brodeur tied Patrick Roy's NHL record with his 23rd playoff shutout.

-Cam Ward wasn't too shabby himself.

-Carolina forward Sergei Samsonov ("lower body") did not play last night.

-Injuries are beginning to take their toll in this series.

Sharks-Ducks

-Jonas Hiller made 31 saves and led the Ducks to a 4-0 shutout of the Sharks. Bobby Ryan had two goals while Corey Perry added a goal and an assist for Anaheim which has a 3-1 series lead.

-Ryan moved into a tie with Evgeni Malkin and Boston's Michael Ryder for the league lead in playoff points.

"Those guys are probably the two best in the league, but Bobby's hands are right with those guys." - Ducks defenseman and former Penguin Ryan Whitney comparing Ryan to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

"He's a great player. I hate him." - Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick on Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer.

-Sharks forward Milan Michalek used Bobby Ryan to break the glass between the teams' benches:

-How exactly are the Ducks, who had 26 fewer points in the regular season than San Jose, winning this series?

-Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle said his team isn't desperate.

-The Ducks are having trouble selling playoff tickets.

Red Wings-Blue Jackets

-Johan Franzen's power-play goal with 46 seconds left in regulation gave the Red Wings a wild 6-5 win at Columbus. Former Penguins Marian Hossa had two goals for Detroit which swept the series, 4-0. Teammates Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom each recorded a goal and an assist. Kristian Huselius, Rick Nash and Kris Russell each had a goal and an assist for Columbus.

-A too many men on the ice call against Columbus led to Franzen's goal.

-The Blue Jackets weren't happy with the call.

-Columbus went down fightning.

-Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was hit by an object thrown from the crowd.

-Detroit never trailed in this series.

Canucks

-Today's "Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (right) is looking forward to some down time" story is brought to you by Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.

Blackhawks-Flames

-Flames forward and former Penguins goon Andre Roy was suspended one game and fined for initiating contact with Blackhawks defenseman Aaron Johnson prior to Game 4.

-The Blackhawks still have faith in goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

Calder Cup Playoffs

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins want to finish off the Bridgeport Sound Tigers tonight.

IIHF World Championships

-The World Championshps begin today at 10:15 a.m. EDT in Switzerland.

-Phoenix forward Shane Doan will once again serve as Canada's captain.

Smythe Division

-Television ratings in the United States have roughly doubled since last season.

Non-Playoff Stuff

Southeast Division

"These guys don't really seem to understand the business they're in." - An anonymous player agent offering his opinion on the Lightning's ownership group.

-Montreal general manager Bob Gainey called out his counterpart in Tampa Bay, Brian Lawton.

Northwest Division

-Wild defenseman Brent Burns underwent shoulder surgery.

Patrick Division

-Defensemen Zdeno Chara of Boston, Mike Green of Washington and Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit were named finalists for the Norris Trophy.

-The ten most hated players of all time. Amazing how many of these guys actually suited up for the Penguins at one time or another:

(Photos: Biron-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Brodeur-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Luongo-Nick Didlick/Getty Images)

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