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Empty Netter Assists - 4-28-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff

Penguins

-Jordan Staal isn't worried about having too much time off.

-Despite Mike Richards being the greatest human being ever, Sidney Crosby dominated him in the faceoff circle.

-Brooks Orpik said Ryan Malone was begging to come back to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline.

-Why don't the Penguins do Black Outs?

(Note: We would argue they are staging one with their power play.)

-Shelly Anderson's chat transcript from yesterday.

-Tyler Kennedy (right) has grown up considerably since last season.

-NBC's ratings for Saturday's Game 6 took a tumble from Game 3. Good thing that crack down on that evil big screen is working.

Bruins

-If Boston lasts long enough in the playoffs, defenseman Matt Hunwick could return to the lineup following the removal of his spleen.

Capitals-Rangers

-Rangers coach John Tortorella says his team has no pressure.

-New York needs to take some responsibility for its collapse in the series.

-Rangers forward Blair Betts suffered a broken orbital bone after a blindside hit from Capitals goon Donald Brashear in Game 6.

-With Betts down and out, the Rangers recalled forward Artem Anisimov from Hartford of the AHL.

-Even Capitals fans don't like NBC.

-Donald Brashear feels his six-game suspension is too much.

-The Capitals want to forget about last season's Game 7.

-Washington defenseman Tom Poti has never won a playoff series.

Devils-Hurricanes

-New Jersey forward Zach Parise (right, No. 9) admitted he's nervous for tonight's Game 7.

-New Jersey would like it very much if Carolina forward Eric Staal would kindly stop scoring.

-Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is 5-3 all-time in Game 7s.

-Hurricanes forward Matt Cullen is dealing with a foot injury.

-No one really has an edge when it come to desperation tonight.

Sharks-Ducks

-A goal and an assist from Ryan Getzlaf helped the Ducks beat the Sharks 4-1. Teammate Chris Pronger added two assists for Anaheim which upset the top-seeded Sharks, 4-2. Jonas Hiller made 36 saves in the win.

-Ryan Getzlaf dropped the gloves right at the opening faceoff with San Jose's Joe Thornton:

-"It was awesome." Ducks forward Corey Perry on the fight.

-Ducks defenseman and former Penguin Ryan Whitney got in on the act as well with San Jose forward Joe Pavelski:

-Handshakes:

-The Sharks became the fourth Presidents' Trophy winner to go down in the first round.

-San Jose couldn't figure out Jonas Hiller.

Red Wings

-Detroit forward Kris Draper is still a question mark to return to the lineup for the second round due to a head injury.

Canucks

-With a ton of down time, the Canucks are starting to get restless.

-Vancouver is Canada's lone remaining hope to bring the Cup back to the great white north.

-At 34, Canucks defenseman Sami Salo thinks his time to win a Stanley Cup title is running out.

Blackhawks-Flames

-Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks in a 4-1 win at Calgary. Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist while teammate Kris Versteeg added two assists for Chicago which won the series, 4-2. Nikolai Khabibulin made 43 saves in the win.

-Handshakes:

-Not surprisingly, it was Flames forward Todd Bertuzzi who took a bad penalty that led to Chicago's first goal.

-Calgary was eliminated from the first round for the fourth consecutive season.

-Nikolai Khabibulin was the difference for Chicago.

-Chicago forward Patrick Sharp is playing through a knee injury.

Minor League Playoffs

-Forward Jean-Michel Daoust is working out well on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's top line.

IIHF World Championships

-Former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr had an assist for the Czech Republic in a 5-2 defeat of Norway.

-Kings forward Dustin Brown had a goal and two assists for the United States in a 6-1 pounding of Austria.

-Wild forward Antti Miettinen and former Stars forwad Niko Kapanen each had two goals and an assist for Finland which stomped Denmark, 5-1.

-Edgars Masalskis made 38 saves and led Latvia to a 3-2 upset of Sweden.

-Lightning and Latvian forward Martins Karsums delivered a nasty hit from behind on Thrashers and Swedish defenseman Tobias Enstrom:

-We're not immediately aware of the IIHF's rules on hits from behind, but Karsums deserves to sit a few games. That was completely dirty.

-Check out this hit Coyotes and Canadian forward Scottie Upshall stuck on Hungary's Andras Benk Sunday:

-Upshall was given a five-minute major and a match penalty for the hit. That carries an automatic one-game suspension.

Non-Playoff Stuff

Atlantic Division

-Forward Mike Knuble wants to stay with the Flyers. The Flyers want to keep Knuble. But will there be enough salary cap room to make it happen?

-The Devils could relieve overlord Lou Lamoriello from his business obligations to the team.

Adams Division

-Goaltenders Niklas Backstrom of Minnesota, Steve Mason of Columbus and Tim Thomas of Boston were named finalists for the Vezina Trophy.

(Photos: Kennedy and Parise-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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