Empty Netter Assists - 04-01-11

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-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. "We need to find that first goal. It's got to come from the players, including myself." - Jordan Staal.

-The Tampa Tribune's recap. "That was a playoff game tonight." - Lightning forward Martin St. Louis.

-The St. Petersburg Times' recap. "Everyone is happy we won, but we can't be complacent." - Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson.

-The Associated Press' recap. Dan Bylsma called the Lightning "a scary team."'s recap. The Lightning clinched a playoff berth with the win.


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-Tyler Kennedy and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman had issues:

-So far so good for Sidney Crosby at his first morning skate since suffering his concussion.

-Crosby speaks:

-It looks like Brent Johnson will likely get the start against the Panthers Saturday. (PG+)

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen was named to an AHL first-team all-star. (PG+)

-Two goals by Brandon DeFazio led the Wheeling Nailers to a 5-4 win against the Toledo Walleye. Joey Haddad each recorded two assists for the Nailers while Patrick Killeen made 31 saves in the victory.

-Faceoff-Factor takes a look at forward prospect Tom Kuhnhackl.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward Lee Giffin. A second-round pick of the club in 1985, Giffin spent parts of two seasons wth the Penguins. As a rookie in 1986-87, he appeared in eight games and scored two points. He followed that up in 1987-88 by playing in 19 games and recorded two assists. After spending all of 1988-89 with the Penguins' IHL affiliate in Muskegon, Giffin was traded to the Rangers for future cosiderations in the 1989 offseason. In 27 games with the Penguins, Giffin scored four points.

Atlantic Division

-Radek Martinek, former Penguins forward Matt Moulson and P.A. Parenteau each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders in a 6-2 rout of the rival Rangers. Fire Ray Shero. Defenseman Dylan Reese, an Upper St. Clair native, recorded three assists for the Islanders while teammate John Tavares added two assists. Al Montoya made 25 saves in the victory.

-Moulson batted his goal out of mid-air:

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-Fire Ray Shero.

-Who do you even root for in this fight? Rangers forward Sean Avery versus Islanders forward Micheal Haley:

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-Here's an odd fight. Reese dropped the gloves with former Penguin Ruslan Fedotenko:

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-Cool Photo of the Night: Rangers forward Brandon Prust and Islanders defenseman Jack Hillen colliding:

-Rangers forward and former Penguin Erik Christensen alone with his shadow:

-Islanders forward Frans Nielsen was injured on a hit from behind into the boards by Rangers forward Marian Gaborik. Gaborik was given a game misconduct.

-A look at the hit in question:

-Islanders forward Jesse Joensuu had an odd moment with Hillen:

-Montoya had a moment as well with teammate P.A. Parenteau:

-Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello got an elbow up here on Hillen:

-Anthem time on Long Island:

-Tavares kicked up some ice on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist:

-Lundqvist being popular:

-Islanders defenseman Ty Wishart left the game due to a shoulder injury.

-The Devils' players want Jacques Lemaire to return as coach next season.

Northeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Nazem Kadri's shootout goal gave the Maple Leafs a 4-3 win at Boston. Joffrey Lupul had two goals and an assist in regulation for Toronto while teammate Luke Schenn netted a goal and an assist. James Reimer made 35 saves in the victory. Brad Marchand recorded a goal and an assist for the Bruins. The Bruins are in third place in the Eastern Conference with 97 points, one less than the fourth-place Penguins.

-Check out Marchand's shorthanded goal:

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-Fight of the Night: Toronto's Jay Rosehill versus Boston's Milan Lucic:

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-A good look at the fight:

-Reflective times for Toronto's Phil Kessel:

-Lupul and Reimer having a moment:

-During the game, Marchand mocked the Maple Leafs with a golf swing.

-Bruins forward Shawn Thornton did not play due to facial injuries.

-Colin Greening scored two goals for the Senators in a 4-1 win at Florida. Marek Svatos recorded two assists for Ottawa while Craig Anderson made 37 saves in the victory.

-The Senators signed undrafted free agent forward Stephane Da Costa to a two-year entry-level contract. Da Costa was reported to be pursued by all 30 NHL teams.

Southeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Chris Mason made 43 saves for the Thrashers in a 1-0 shutout of the Flyers. The Flyers are in first place of the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division with 102 points, four more than the Penguins who are in fourth and second places respectively.

-The Thrashers have gone 7-2-1 against the Flyers and Capitals this season.

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: An overtime goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets in a 4-3 win against the Blue Jackets. John Carlson added a goal and an assist for Washington while teammate Brooks Laich recorded two assists. Michal Neuvirth made 20 saves in the victory. Matt Calvert and Tomas Kubalik each netted two assists for Columbus. The Capitals are in second place of the Eastern Conference with 101 points, three more than the Penguins.

-Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman is hospitalized due to a leg hematoma.

Central Division

-A goal and an assist by Martin Erat led the Predators to a 3-2 win at Colorado. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves in the victory. The Avalanche has lost four consecutive games.

-Reflective times for Nashville captain Shea Weber:

-Steely glare times for Rinne:

-Red Wings coach Mike Babcock went all Herb Brooks on his team a day after it allowed 10 goals to the Blues.

-The Red Wings demoted goaltender Thomas McCollum to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-With captain Rick Nash dealing with an undisclosed injury, the Blue Jackets recalled forward Tomas Kubalik from Springfield of the AHL.

-The Blues demoted forward Adam Cracknell to Peoria of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-A goals and an assist by Daniel Sedin led the Canucks to a 3-1 win against the Kings. Sedin reached the 100-point mark for the season while Roberto Luongo made 18 saves in the victory.

-Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is as popular as ever in Vancouver:

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-Happy times in Vancouver:

-Quick searched for this puck:

-Luongo and teammate Christian Ehrhoff had a moment:

-The Canucks clinched the first Presidents' Trophy in franchise history.

-Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves for the Wild in a 4-2 win against the Oilers. Tom Gilbert netted a goal and an assist for Edmonton which has lost 11 consecutive games.

-The Oilers have lost 16 consecutive games in Minnesota.

-Flames forward Daymond Langkow will return to the lineup Friday. He has been sidelined since suffering a neck injury last season, March 21, 2010.

-The Avalanche recalled defenseman Cameron Gaunce from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-The Wild demoted forward Casey Wellman to Houston of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Antti Niemi made 29 saves for the Sharks in a 6-0 shutout of the Stars. Patrick Marleau scored two goals for San Jose while teammates Marc-Edouard Vlasic netted a goal and an assist.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this dazzling move by San Jose's Ben Eager:

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-Niemi kept track of this puck:

-The Sharks clinched a playoff berth for the seventh consecutive season.

-The Coyotes demoted defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to San Antonio of the AHL.

Smythe Division

-Tickets for the NHL's awards show June 22 in Las Vegas went on sale yesterday (PG+).

(Photos: Penguins/Lightning-Chris O'Meara/Associated Press; Rangers/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press; Maple Leafs/Bruins-Elsa/Getty Images; Predators/Avalanche-Doug Pensinger/Getty Images; Kings/Canucks-Rich Lam/Getty Images; Stars/Shark-Ben Margot/Associated Press)

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