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Empty Netter Assists - 04-20-10

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Playoff Stuff

Penguins-Senators

What's up with the Penguins' penalty kill?

-Welcome back Maxime Talbot (right).

-Should you pre-order that Alexei Ponikarovsky jersey?

-Can Ruslan Fedotenko get back into the lineup (PG+)?

-Forward Peter Regin has been the Senators' best player.

-"We've got a game at home. We can tie it." - Senators forward Mike Fisher.

-The Senators will bring forward Jonathan Cheechoo back to the lineup. Because putting a player with ties to San Jose is surely the key to any postseason success.

-"He needs to bring his ‘A’ game." - Senators coach Cory Clouston on goaltender Brian Elliott.

-Post-Gazette expert reporter Ray Fittipaldo discusses his friendly chat with Senators defenseman Andy Sutton (PG+).

-Another day, another Pittsburgh area high school lipdub. Fresh off the the success of Plum High School, Chartiers Valley High School offers this effort set to "Hey Ya" from Outkast:

Capitals-Canadiens

-Eric Fehr and Brooks Laich each had a goal and an assist for the Capitals in a 5-1 win at Montreal. Semyon Varlamov (above) made 26 saves in the victory which gave the Capitals a 2-1 series lead. Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak was chased after giving up three goals on 13 shots.

-Valamov kept his eyes on this puck:

-Montreal's Jaroslav Halak had issues with this puck:

-Montreal's Mike Cammalleri and Wasington's Nicklas Backstrom had issues:

-Shockingly, the Capitals are 0 for 14 on the power play this series. Mike Yeo not available for comment.

Devils-Flyers

-"It gives me goose bumps." - Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo on his overtime goal in Game 3.

-This series has been physcial, but clean.

-"So, it’s going to say a lot about our team after this game." - Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur on being down in the series, 2-1.

Sabres-Bruins

-Dennis Wideman had a goal and an assist for the Bruins in a 2-1 win against the Sabres. Tuukka Rask made 32 save in the victory which gave Boston a 2-1 series lead. Ryan Miller made 27 saves in the defeat.

-"You can’t really tell the way he plays that he’s 42." - Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk on teammate and former Penguins forward Mark Recchi who forced a turnover against 23-year-old Sabres forward Tim Kennedy and assisted on the winning goal by Patrice Bergeron. Fire Ray Shero.

-The play in question:

-Speaking of Boychuk, him > Buffalo's Matt Ellis:

-Wideman's goal was an absolute rocket:

-Miller had issues with this puck:

-Bergeron being popular:

-Buffalo's Andrej Sekera and Boston's Vladimir Sobotka had issues:

-Happy times for Boychuk and Rask:

-Funny Faces of the Night: Buffalo's Mike Grier, left, and Paul Gaustad:

-Buffalo's Jason Poninville got this puck around Bruins defenseman and former Penguin Andrew Ference:

-Rask leading his team onto the ice:

-Happy times for Wideman:

-Bruins forward Marc Savard has resumed skating for the first time since he was injured on a hit to the head by Matt Cooke at Mellon Arena, March 7.

-The Sabres' power play is 0 for 12 this series. Even Mike Yeo is stunned.

-Sabres forward Drew Stafford returned to the lineup after being sidelined since April 10 due a concussion.

Sharks-Avalanche

-"I think every defenseman in the league has probably done it before, in some game. It's not a good feeling." - Avalanche captain Adam Foote on Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle scoring on his own goal in Game 3.

-"I need to play right now." - Boyle on the best way to get past his gaffe.

-Avalanche forwards Milan Hejduk (head) and Kevin Porter ("upper-body") are questionable for Game 4.

-Sharks forward Dany Heatley ("lower-body") is expected to return to the lineup after missing Game 3.

-Eleven years ago today, the Sharks and Avalanche had a postseason series postponed due to the Columbine tragedy.

Blackhawks-Predators

-Predators forward Patric Hornqvist ("upper-body") remains questionable for tonight's Game 3.

Canucks-Kings

-Drew Doughty had a goal and three assists for the Kings in a 5-3 defeat of the Canucks. Michal Handzus added two goals and an assist for Los Angeles while teammate Jack Johnson recorded three assists. Jonathan Quick (above, with Doughty) made 25 saves in the victory. Former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson had a goal and an assist for Vancouver. FIre Craig Patrick.

-Early in the third period, the Canucks were robbed of a goal by Daniel Sedin via a video review which ruled he kicked the puck into the net:

-"It was a very, extremely bad call." - Daniel Sedin.

-Mike Murphy, the NHL's vice president of hockey operations (does the NHL have a vice president of football operations?) explained the call:

-Check out this pass by Vancouver's Ryan Kesler to set up a goal by Mason Raymond:

-Samuelsson's goal:

-Kings defenseman and former Penguin Rob Scuderi > Vancouver's Alex Burrows:

-Los Angeles' Sean O'Donnell had issues with Vancouver's Shane O'Brien:

-Quick kept his eyes on his puck:

-Sedin got some air in front of Quick:

-Happy times for Los Angeles' Brad Richardson:

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

-Handzus beating Luongo:

-Check out this high hit by Vancouver's Steve Bernier on Los Angeles' Richard Clune:

-Was that to the head?

-Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo was chased midway through the second period.

-The Kings have scored on 7 of 12 power plays this series.

-The last time the Kings won a home playoff game, Doughty was 12 years old.

Coyotes-Red Wings

-As you might imagine, Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom isn't all that popular among opponents.

-Coyotes captain Shane Doan (right) will not play in Game 4. Forward Vernon Fiddler will. Both are dealing with "upper-body" injuries.

-The Red Wings recalled goaltender Thomas McCollum and defenseman Logan Pyett from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Calder Cup Playoffs

-Chris Conner had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 5-3 loss to the Albany River Rats. John Curry made 34 saves in the loss. The Penguins were swept in the first-round series, 4-0.

-"Losing in seven stings, but at least you knew you were there the whole way. Four sucks. First time for me. It'll sit with me all summer, that's for sure." - Penguins forward Mark Letestu on being swept.

Non-Playoff Stuff

Penguins

-Happy 56th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Gilles Lupien. Acquired prior to the 1980-81 season in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Canadiens, Lupien appeared in 31 games for the Penguins that season before being traded to the Whalers for another draft pick.

Smythe Division

-Goaltenders Martin Brodeur (right) of New Jersey, Ilya Bryzgalov of Phoenix and Ryan Miller of Buffalo were named as finalists for the Vezina Trophy.

-Overall attendance in the NHL declined by 2.2 percent this past season.

(Photos: Talbot-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Capitals/Canadiens-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images and Canadian Press; Sabres/Bruins-Elise Amendola/Associated Press, Charles Krupa/Associated Press and Elsa/Getty Images; Canucks/Kings-Harry How/Getty Images and Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press; Doan-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Brodeur-Bill Kostroun/Associated Press)

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