Empty Netter Assists - 04-02-12

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-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "That's the way it's always been between these two teams. And it's only going to add to it." - Sidney Crosby on yesterday's brawl.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer's recap. "It was a gutless move by their coach." - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette on the Penguins using their fourth line at the end of the game.

-The Associated Press' recap. “I hope we are because we’re going to play them in the playoffs.” - Flyers forward Claude Giroux on if his team is in the Penguins' heads.'s recap. "This is a much different building than the Igloo. You were almost scared coming into the Igloo, people were right on you. And how dumpy the place was, it was tough. I think it's good we have the confidence to play here." - Flyers forward Scott Hartnell on the differences between Consol Energy Center and the Civic Arena.


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-The brawl at the end of the game:

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-Hartnell going at it with noted Penguins fan Cy Clark (AKA Malkamania):

-Grim times for Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Brooks Orpik speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-"We buy ribs from Dee Jays [BBQ] in Weirton [W.Va.] after the game and have them delivered to the plane, and those ribs seem to be doing the trick. It [goes] back to last year. Whenever the ribs are ordered, we win. I want to thank Dee Jays." - Laviolette on his team's 5-0-0 record at Consol Energy Center.

-The Rangers' magic number to clinch the Atlantic Division and the top seed in the Eastern Conference is one. In other words, they need to earn one point on their own or have the Penguins lose a point.

-The Penguins demoted defenseman Brian Strait to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. (PG+)

-The Wheeling Nailers will face the Kalamazoo Wings in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs beginning tomorrow.

Atlantic Division

-"Oh, no. Not at all. It's just my eye. It closed up a little bit, but I put some ice on it and got back there and ready to play." - Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds on his facial injuries.

-"I'd say the worst time of the year is when you're not playing and you're watching what's going to be going on in a couple of weeks." - Islanders forward John Tavares on missing the playoffs.

-Forward Matt Martin was named the Islanders' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

Northeast Division

-Scoreboard Watch for the Penguins: Tim Thomas made 33 saves for the Bruins in a 2-1 defeat of the Rangers.  The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division with 107 points, five more than the Penguins.

-Check out this blast of a one-timer by Boston's Dennis Seidenberg:

-Happy times for Boston's Greg Zanon and Thomas:

-The Bruins clinched first place in the Northeast Division and second place in the Atlantic Division.

-Kyle Turris had two goals and two assists for the Senators who romped the Islanders, 5-1.  Milan Michalek added a goal and two assists for Ottawa while teammate Nick Foligno and former Penguin Sergei Gonchar each collected a goal and an assist. Fire Ray Shero. Craig Anderson made 29 saves in the victory.

-Happy times for the Senators. Not so much for New York's Al Montoya:

-The Senators clinched a playoff berth.

-Senators forward Jesse Winchester returned to the lineup after missing 44 games due to a concussion.

Southeast Division

-A groin injury could sidelined Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun for the season and postseason.

-The Lightning demoted forward Trevor Smith to Norfolk of the AHL.

-A good look at the lid of Florida's Scott Clemmensen:

Central Division

-Shootout goals by Pavel Datsyuk and Jiri Hudler led the Red Wings to a 2-1 win against the Panthers. Jimmy Howard made 27 saves in the victory.

-Check out this rocket of a one-timer by Florida's Tomas Fleischmann:

-Pass Attempt of the Day: Datsyuk with the lob pass behind the Florida net to captain Nicklas Lidstrom:

-Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey struck Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky in the head with an elbow during the third period:

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-EN Says: Quincey left his feet and struck Kopecky in the head with an elbow. What's to debate here? This deserves a suspension.

Northwest Division

-Shootout goals by former Penguin Erik Christensen and Devin Setoguchi gave the Wild a 5-4 win against the Blackhawks. Fire Ray Shero. Setoguchi had a regulation goal and two assists for the Wild while teammate Dany Heatley collected a regulation goal and an assist. Patrick Kane scored two regulation goals for Chicago.

-Check out the passing on Heatley's goal:

-Chicago's Andrew Shaw and Minnesota's Cody Almond had issues:

-So did Chicago's Brandon Bollig and Minnesota's Clayton Stoner:

-Bollig also had issues with Heatley:

-Two goals by Teemu Hartikainen led the Oilers to a 2-1 win against the Ducks. Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves for Edmonton. Anaheim has lost three out of it's past three games.

-Check out this crazy save by Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk on Anaheim's Teemu Selanne:

-With forward Warren Peters (neck) and defenseman Steve Kampfer (knee) injured, the Wild recalled forward Cody Almond from Houston of the AHL.

-Assuming Rick Nash is traded this summer, who should be the Blue Jackets' next captain?

Pacific Division

-"It's unbelievable. It's almost funny they are chanting that for an old guy like me." - Ducks forward Teemu Selanne on potentially playing the last home game of his career. Ducks fans were chanting "One more year!"

-The fans cheering Selanne:

-Selanne gave a stick to his adoring masses:

Adams Division

-The entire team-by-team list of Masterton Trophy nominees.

(Photos: Flyers/Penguins-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Bruins/Rangers-Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press; Senators/Islanders-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Panthers/Red Wings-Carlos Osorio/Associated Press; Wild/Blackhawks-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Oilers/Ducks-Christine Cotter/Associated Press)

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