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Empty Netter Assists - 04-22-10

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Playoff Stuff

Penguins

-"At this time of my career and my life, I appreciate everything a little bit more." - Bill Guerin (right).

-The Penguins want to end this.

-Are the Penguins making the right move switching Alex Goligoski out for Kris Letang on the power play (PG+)?

-With 11 points, Sidney Crosby is six points away from tying Mario Lemieux's franchise record for points in a playoff series. Lemieux had 17 in a 1992 Patrick Division semifinal against the Capitals.

-Senators coach Cory Clouston is being mum on his starting shooter tutor goaltender for Game 5.

-"We’ve been more interested in running around and hitting people than just playing the way we normally play." - Senators general manager Bryan Murray.

-The curse of... Alanis Morissette?

-The Penguins are kind of popular.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach Todd Reirden will be making his way to Pittsburgh to coach the Penguins' "Black Aces."

Capitals-Canadiens

-Alex Ovechkin (above) had two goals and an assist for the Capitals in a 6-3 win at Montreal. Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and two assists for Washington while teammate Mike Knuble recorded two goals. Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves in the win which gave Washington a 3-1 series lead. Roman Hamrlik led the Canadiens with two assists.

-Varlamov stretched to glove this shot by Montreal's Mike Cammalleri:

-The Capitals finally scored their first power-play goal of the series.

-Montreal goaltender Carey Price lost his cool at the end of the game by taking two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties:

-"We were there the whole game. We had our teeth in the apple and it smelled like a win." - Canadiens defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron with a really weird analogy.

-Prior to the game, Ovechkin took it upon himself to do this to a kid on the ice:

-Classy.

Devils-Flyers

-Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk predicted a win in Game 5.

-Foot injuries to Flyers forward Simon Gagne (three weeks) and Jeff Carter (six weeks) will force each player to undergo surgery and miss significant time.

-Following their loss in Game 4, Devils overlord Lou Lamoriello allegedly laid into his team and threw a jar of jelly against the wall.

Sabres-Bruins

-A goal in the second overtime by former Penguins and Sabres forward Miroslav Satan gave the Sabres a 3-2 win against the Sabres. Fire Ray Shero and Darcy Regier. Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist for Boston while Tuukka Rask (above) made 35 saves in the victory which gave the Bruins a 3-1 series lead. Ryan Miller made 36 saves for Buffalo.

-Satan's goal:

-To say the least, Miller really challenged the shot:

-Check out this ridiculous save Miller made in the first overtime against Satan:

-Only Jesus made better saves against Satan.

-Not to be outdone (by Miller... Jesus might be tough to top), Rask pulled out this beauty against Buffalo's Mike Grier:

-Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff went off last night after the game:

-Boston's Marco Sturm and Buffalo's Cody McCormick cared not for the personal space of Rask:

-Bergeron being popular:

-Satan and a lonely Gatorade bottle being popular:

-Sturm didn't seem to care for the high-fiving antics of teammates Daniel Paille, left, and Johnny Boychuk:

-Satan laying into Buffalo's Tim Kennedy:

-We know Boston captain Zdeno Chara is huge, but look at how big he his here on his knees compared to Buffalo's Toni Lydman who is crouching down a bit:

-Speaking of Chara, we're thinking he won this confrontation with Buffalo's Tyler Myers:

-A too many men on the ice penalty against the Sabres created a power play for Boston which led to Satan's goal.

-"I think I had something to do with it because I tried to sell that I'm shooting. Then he came out and I knew that if I go to the side the net should be empty." - Satan on his goal.

-Sabres forward Thomas Vanek did not play due to an ankle injury.

Sharks-Avalanche

-Avalanche forwards Milan Hejduk and Peter Mueller did not travel to San Jose for Game 5 due to head injuries.

-San Jose forward Dany  Heatley is being mum on his undisclosed "lower-body" injury.

-There's at least one clutch player on the Sharks with the first name of Joe, and his last name isn't Thornton.

Blackhawks-Predators

-"I know myself, I have to step up offensively." - Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa.

-The Blackhawks are giving rookie forward Bryan Bickell a shot on the top line with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

-"He gave me a heart attack." - Predators coach goaltender Barry Trotz on a puckhandling gaffe by goaltender Pekke Rinne.

Canucks-Kings

-Christian Ehrhoff and Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks in a wild 6-4 win at Los Angeles. Daniel Sedin contributed three assists for Vancouver while Roberto Luongo (above) made 22 saves in the victory which tied the series, 2-2. Dustin Brown and Wayne Simmonds each had a goal and an assist for the Kings.

-Check out his sick wrister by Vancouver's Pavol Demitra:

-Check out this sick re-direction by Vancouver forward and former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson:

-Fire Ray Shero.

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

-Quick had issues with a few pucks:

-Happy times for the Kings. Not so much for Luongo:

-"We know we had to be better." - Henrik Sedin on his brother and himself.

-"Their best players stepped up at a critical point." - Kings coach Terry Murray on the Canucks.

-"In order to win a playoff series you need your goalie to make a few big saves for you down the stretch and I wasn't able to do that for the team." - Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

-Canucks defenseman and former Penguin Nolan Baumgartner appeared in his first NHL playoff game in seven years. Fire Craig Patrick.

-"This whole tact of innuendo and insinuation...is both insulting and pure fantasy." - NHL commissioner adressing the fact that NHL vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy, a former Kings player and coach, made the decision to nullify a potential Canucks goal by video replay in Game 3.

-In other news:

Coyotes-Red Wings

-Is this the last go around for Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom?

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

-Coyotes captain Shane Doan ("upper body") remains questionable for Game 5.

Non-Playoff Stuff

Penguins

-Could the Penguins have ended up with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin?

-FSN Pittsburgh's Dan Potash put together a solid piece about Maxime Talbot's junior days:

-Did the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins just run out of gas once they got to the postseason?

-The AHL Penguins filed paperwork to dismiss a lawsuit against them involving players caught up in a 2000 bar brawl.

-Happy 66th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Bob Paradise. A veteran of two seperate stints with the Penguins, Paradise, a member of the 1968 United States Olympic hockey team, initally came to the club midway through the 1973-74 season along with Chuck Arnason in a deal which sent Al McDonough to the Atlanta Flames. Two seasons later, he was dealt to the Capitals midway through 1975-76 in exchange for draft pick. Prior to the start of the 1977-78 season, he was traded back to the Penguins in exchange for Don Awrey. Paradise would retire following the 1978-79 season. He appeared in 203 games for the Penguins, 94th most in franchise history, and recorded 40 points.

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Zarley Zalapski (right). The team's first-round pick in 1986, Zalapski spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. After spending most of the 1987-88 season with Canada's Olympic team, Zalapski made his NHL debut late in that campaign by appearing in 15 games for the Penguins and recording 11 points. The following season, Zalapski appeared in 58 games, recorded 45 points and helped the team reach the postseason for the first time in seven seasons. In the playoffs, he recorded a solid nine point in 11 games. Zalapski and the Penguins struggled the next season as he only recorded 31 points and the team missed the postseason. He rebounded in 1990-91 as he racked up 48 points in 66 games. At the 1991 trade deadline, he was part of the biggest trade in franchise history as he was dealt to the Whalers along with John Cullen and Jeff Parker in exchange for Ron Francis, Grant Jennings and Ulf Samuelsson. In 190 games with the Penguins, Zalapski recorded 135 points, 57th most in franchise history. He spent part of this past season with Lausanne in Switzerland.

Southeast Division

-Is anyone surprised the NHL didn't exactly handle a steroid investigation with links to the Capitals very well?

Northwest Division

-The Oilers fired assistant general manager and vice president of hockey operations Kevin Prendergast. He had been with the organization for 20 years.

-Despite not reaching the playoffs for four consecutive seasons, the Oilers raised their season-ticket sales cap from 13,000 to 13,500 due to popular demand.

Adams Division

-Moscow Dynamo of the KHL, one of the strongest franchises in the history of the sport, regardless of league or country, is folding.

(Photos: Guerin-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Capitals/Canadiens- Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Sabres/Bruins-Charles Krupa/Associated Press and Elsa/Getty Images; Canucks/Kings-Chris Carlson/Associated Press and Harry How/Getty Images; Zalapski-eBay)

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