Empty Netter Assists - 04-08-12

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "This team has one goal. And anything less than that, and I think I'll be very, very disappointed. We're a good enough team to go all the way." - Craig Adams.

-The Philadelphia's Inquirer's recap. "The people in Pittsburgh don't like us, and vice-versa." - Flyers forward Scott  Hartnell.

-The Associated Press' recap. Evgeni Malkin secured his first career Art Ross Trophy.'s recap. "We had Big Mac there and I don't think they wanted any part of him." - Brooks Orpik on Steve MacIntyre.


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-The great Joe Vitale versus Harry Zolnierczyk:

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-A couple of good looks at the fight:

-Stretchy times for Brent Johnson:

-Butterfly times for Philadelphia's Sergei Bobrovsky:

-The rib cut-off has really taken its toll on Flyers coach Peter Laviolette:

-"I kind of expected something to happen. I'm glad it's done. It's over with. I'm moving on. They can do whatever they want. I'm ready to play hockey, ready for the postseason." - The great Joe Vitale on the fight.

-Dan Bylsma:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Evgeni Malkin speaks:

-The always popular Shirts Off Our Backs postgame ceremony:

-“Today was just a weird game. I think the teams will show their true colors in Game 1.” - Crosby.

-Scott Munroe made 27 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who shutout the Connecticut Whale, 3-0. Simon Despres had a goal and an assist for the Penguins.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled defenseman Philip Samuelsson from Wheeling.

-Chris Barton scored both of the Wheeling Nailers' goals in a 3-2 loss to the Kalamazoo Wings in Game 4 of the Kelly Cup Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The Wings won the best-of-five series, 3-1.

-Today would have been the 53rd birthday of former Penguins defenseman Arto Javanainen. A second-round pick of the club in 1984, Javanainen was the first European draft pick in franchise history. A native of Finland, his NHL career amounted to 14 games with the Penguins and five points in 1984-85. After spending most of that season with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Javanainen returned to his native Finland. He passed away Jan. 25, 2011.

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Atlantic Division

-Two goals by Ilya Kovalchuk led the Devils to a 4-2 win against the Senators. Martin Brodeur made 31 saves in the victory. Matt Gilroy had a goal and an assist for Ottawa.

-Brodeur had issues with this puck:

-The Devils set a modern NHL record in the penalty will with a success rate of 89.5 percent.

-“This team here, the New York Rangers, can beat anybody in this league.” - Rangers coach/arrogance watch-dog John Tortorella.

-"Our division is probably the best in the NHL. Teams like Pittsburgh, Philly, the Rangers and Devils are good teams and will be good teams for a while. It's a tough division for us, for the future, but it's a challenge, too. If you want to make the playoffs, you have to beat the best teams." - Islanders captain Mark Streit.

Northeast Division

-Patrice Bergeron's shootout goal gave the Bruins a 4-3 win against the Sabres. Tyler Seguin scored two regulation goals for Boston while Bergeron recorded three assists. Tim Thomas made 25 saves in the victory. Brad Boyes scored two regulation goals for Buffalo.

-Check out this steal by Bergeron and his ensuing set-up for a goal by Seguin:

-Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens who defeated the rival Maple Leafs, 4-1. Peter Budaj made 30 saves in the victory.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Montreal's Tomas Plekanec forced a turnover by Toronto's Jake Gardiner and scoring a three-on-five shorthanded goal:

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-Cool Photo of the Night: Injured Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was boot-scooting in his country western wear while watching Budaj warm up:

-The Canadiens demoted forwards Gabriel Dumont, Aaron Palushaj, Louis Leblanc, Blake Geoffrion, defensemen Frederic St-Denis and goaltender Robert Mayer to Hamilton of the AHL.

Southeast Division

-A goal and an assist by Nicklas Backstrom led the Capitals to a 4-1 win against the Rangers. Roman Hamrlik recorded two assists for Washington while teammate Braden Holtby made 35 saves.

-Pumped times for Washington's Mathieu Perreault:

-“For us it’s a confidence thing. Being able to beat the number one team in the conference going into the playoffs here gives us some confidence. I like the way our game is right now going into the playoffs.” - Capitals forward Troy Brouwer.

-Former Penguin Mikael Samuelsson had a goal and two assists for the Panthers in a 4-1 defeat of the Hurricanes. Fire Craig Patrick. Marcel Goc netted a goal and an assist for Florida while teammate Scott Clemmensen made 34 saves.

-Save of the Night: Check out this old school pad stacker by Carolina's Brian Boucher on Florida's Kris Verteeg:

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-The Panthers won the first division title in franchise history.

-A hat trick, including a goal in overtime, by Teddy Purcell gave the Lightning a 4-3 win against the Jets. Captain Vincent Lecavalier recorded two assists for Tampa Bay while teammate Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves. Jim Slater scored two goals for Winnipeg.

-Lightning forward Steven Stamkos claimed the Rocket Richard Trophy by scoring his league-leading 60th goal of the season.

-Jets fans gave Stamkos a standing ovation for the milestone:

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-Jets fans also gave a hex chat to Roloson:

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-Stamkos' teammates gave him a shaving cream "pie" to the face following the game:

-Purcell's hat trick:

-Happy times in Winnipeg:

-Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec chucked his stick into the stands:

-Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher apparently instructed his players to strangle someone:

-Tampa Bay forwards Martin St. Louis (Canada) and Ryan Malone (United States) will not play in next month's IIHF World Championships.

-The Jets dedicated the Dan Snyder Memorial Award, which goes towards the player who "embodies perseverance, dedication and hard work without reward or recognition, so that his team and teammates may succeed," to defenseman Mark Stuart. The award is named after a former Atlanta Thrashers player who was killed in an automobile crash in 2003.

Central Division

-A shootout goal by Patrick Kane gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 win against the rival Red Wings. Patrick Sharp recorded two assists for Chicago while teammate Corey Crawford made 30 saves.

-Shootout Goal of the Night: Kane went all-star skills competition on his goal:

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-Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk tied the game by scoring a goal with 46.6 seconds left in regulation:

-Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves for the Blues who edged the Stars, 3-2. St. Louis snapped a four-game losing streak. Dallas finished the season on a five-game losing streak.

-Fluky Goal of the Night: St. Louis' Kris Russell got this pop fly to rule into the net:

-Halak and teammate Brian Elliott won the William M. Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals (165) by any team in the NHL.

-Craig Smith had a goal and two assists for the Predators who stomped the Avalanche, 6-1. Matt Halischuk added a goal and an assist for Nashville while teammate Kevin Klein recorded two assists. Anders Lindback made 34 saves in the victory.

-Two goals and an assist by Cam Atkinson led the Blue Jackets to a 7-3 rout of the Islanders. Vaclav Prospal and James Wisniewski each added a goal and two assists for Columbus while teammate Jack Johnson had a goal and an assist. Steve Mason made 35 saves in the victory. Michael Grabner and Milan Jurcina each collected a goal and an assist for New York.

-Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash likely played his final game with Columbus.

-The Blackhawks signed goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year contract extension worth $1.15 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $500,000, Emery has a record of 15-9-4 with a 2.81 goals against average and .900 save percentage.

Northwest Division

-Roberto Luongo made all of 17 saves for the Canucks in a 3-0 shutout of the rival Oilers. It was Luongo's fifth shutout of the season and 60th of his career.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this dazzling effort by Vancouver's David Booth:

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-Save of the Night: Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk on Vancouver's Christopher Higgins:

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-The Canucks won the Presidents' Trophy for the second consecutive season.

-Two goals by Akim Aliu led the Flames past the Ducks, 5-2. Jay Bouwmeester added a goal and an assist for Calgary while teammate Henrik Karlsson made 23 saves. Bobby Ryan scored two goals for Anaheim.

-"I'm confident I'll be playing next season. I'm staying positive. The good thing is I'm seeing progress. I don't think I'm far from doing slight exercise." - Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard on missing the final 43 games of the regular season due to a concussion.

-The Wild recalled defensemen Chay Genoway and Kris Fredheim from Houston of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Two goals by Taylor Pyatt led the Coyotes to a 4-1 win against the Wild. Michal Rozsival recorded two assists for Phoenix while teammate Mike Smith made 23 saves.

-The Coyotes won the first division title in franchise history.

-Late in the night, Coyotes fans welcomed their division champions back to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport:

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-Two goals by Dan Boyle, including one in overtime, gave the Sharks a comeback 3-2 win against the rival Kings. Logan Couture and Martin Havlat each recorded two assists for San Jose while teammate Thomas Greiss, on in releif of starter Antti Niemi, made six saves. Justin Williams collected a goal and an assist for Los Angeles.

-Boyle's overtime goal:

-"I have a gut feeling he'll be back. We'll see." - Ducks forward Bobby Ryan on if teammate Teemu Selanne will retire.

NCAA Tournament

-Former Pittsburgh Hornets goaltender Parker Milner made 27 saves for Boston College which defeated Ferris State, 4-1, to claim the NCAA Championship.

Smythe Division

-Hockey Night in Canada did a nice job of recapping the regular season during its pregame montage:

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(Photos: Flyers/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Senators/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Maple Leafs/Canadiens-Graham Hughes/Canadian Press; Capitals/Rangers-Nick Laham/Getty Images; Lightning/Jets-Marianne Helm/Getty Images and John Woods/Canadian Press)

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