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Empty Netter Assists - 04-12-12

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Flyers

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "There's a lot of time, a lot of games to play. We can't panic right now." - Marc-Andre Fleury.

-The Philadelphia Daily News' recap. "It's tough to come back, we were kind of lucky." - Flyers forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''It was a lucky bounce for me but I'll take it." - Flyers forward Jakub Voracek (above) on his overtime goal.

-NHL.com's recap. "We got away with it tonight. We're not going to come back from two or three goals every single game. We'll take it, but let's be better." - Flyers forward Daniel Briere

-Highlights:

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-Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov had some fans from the Ursidae family:

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-Happy times for Voracek:

-Happy times for the Flyers. Not so much for Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Fleury stretched out for this save:

-Tyler Kennedy being popular:

-Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell and Ben Lovejoy got into an impromptu staring contest:

-Bryzgalov alone in the universe:

-Uneasy times for Dan Bylsma:

-Playoff time at Consol Energy Center:

-This individual apparently did not want to participate in the white out:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Craig Adams speaks:

-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette speaks:

-No one needs to question Jeff Jimerson's concentration:

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-"They're not going to quit. We know that. We just didn't sustain our effort long enough." - Adams.

-"I'm going to play if something bad doesn't happen to me in the summer because I love the game." - Jagr on his future.

-"I don't give a [expletive] what people say and the team doesn't give a [expletive]. The players don't give a [expletive]. This is inconsequential to the team." - Ray Shero on a recent wave of criticism of his team.

Rangers - Senators

-The Rangers' players have apparently begun "fasting" from Twitter for the playoffs.

-"This series, we're not friends. Well, if he wished me good luck, I might text him good luck back . . . but I wouldn't mean it." - Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Senators captain and fellow Swede Daniel Alfredsson (right).

-“It's like going to Vegas for the first time. People can tell you how incredible it is to see these buildings in the middle of the desert, but until you go there it doesn't do it justice. The playoffs are the same way.” - Alfredsson on teaching rookies how to handle the playoffs.

-“Lundqvist is a top tier goaltender in this league. He has been the guy they’ve relied on, that gives them an opportunity every night. My goal is just to equal him or better him and give my team a chance to win.” - Senators goaltender Craig Anderson on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

-The Senators demoted forward Mika Zibanejad to Binghamton of the AHL.

Bruins - Capitals

-Bruins forward Nathan Horton was officially ruled out for the playoffs due to a concussion.

-"It doesn’t matter if the team is at the top of the league or finishing in eighth; it’s all the same. There’s no success for any of us unless we win.” - Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (right).

Panthers - Devils

-Panthers forward Marco Sturm is questionable due to a "lower-body" injury.

-“I was sitting there in Minnesota wondering if my career is over and now I’m back in the playoffs. You always want that chance to play in the playoffs again. I’m definitely excited for it.” - Panthers forward John Madden on being signed at mid-season.

-"I wish him all the best in the world, but I hope we beat him in overtime in Game 7.'' - Panthers general manager Dale Tallon on facing his former coach, Devils coach Pete DeBoer.

Canucks - Kings

-Mike Richards had a goal and two assists for the Kings who defeated the Canucks, 4-2. Jeff Carter recorded two assists for Los Angeles while teammate Jonathan Quick made 24 saves. Ryan Kesler had two assists for Vancouver. The Kings have a 1-0 series lead.

-Check out this save by Quick on Vancouver's Alex Burrows:

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-Hit of the Night: Richards on Burrows:

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-Not to be outdone, Vancouver's David Booth and Maxim Lapierre teamed up on Los Angeles's Drew Doughty here:

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-Check out the effort by Burrows on this goal:

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-Check out this ugly hit from behind by Vancouver's Byron Bitz on Los Angeles' Kyle Clifford:

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-Happy times for Los Angeles' Jarret Stoll. Not so much for Vancouver's Roberto Luongo:

-Happy times for Burrows:

-Vancouver's Roberto Luongo snagged this puck:

-Carter returned to the lineup after missing five games due to an ankle injury.

-Canucks forward Daniel Sedin did not play due to a concussion.

-The Canucks went 0 for 5 on the power play.

Blues - Sharks

-The Blues officially declared forward Jaroslav Halak (right) as their starting goaltender for tonight's Game 1.

-Sharks forward Ryan Clowe (undisclosed injury) declared himself ready for Game 1.

Coyotes - Blackhawks

-"This is why you play hockey. This is a new season. Playoffs, it's just more and more intense. I'm just excited." - Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal.

-Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (concussion) is expected to play in tonight's Game 1.

Predators - Red Wings

-Two goals by Gabriel Bourque led the Predators to a 3-2 win against the Red Wings in Game 1. Pekka Rinne made 35 saves for Nashville which leads the series, 1-0.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this re-direction by Bourque:

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-Save of the Night: Rinne on Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg:

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-After the final whistle, Predators captain Shea Weber slammed the head of Henrik Zetterberg into the glass:

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-EN Says: That is suspension worth.

-Predators defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill missed the game due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Red Wings coach Mike Babcock ripped the officiating during an in-game interview:

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-Red Wings foward Darren Helm had to have surgery after suffering a skate cut on his forearm:

-A catfish took a swim on the ice in Nashville:

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-Hockey Night in Canada had a pretty pregame sharp montage for this game:

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-Rinne snagged this puck:

-Detroit's Johan Franzen gave a shot here to Weber:

-Rinne and teammate Alexander Radulov had a moment:

-Hockey fans in Atlanta had the game partially blacked out.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Krzysztof Oliwa. Acquired midway through the 2000-01 season in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Blue Jackets, "The Polish Hammer" spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2000-01 by appearing in 26 games for the Penguins and scoring three points while accumulating a massive 131 penalty minutes. In five postseason games that spring, he failed to record a poitn and netted 16 penalty minutes. During 2001-02, he played in 58 games, recorded two assists and accumulated a team-leading 150 penalty minutes. During the 2002 offseason, he was traded to the Rangers in exchange for a draft pick. One of six natives of Poland to play in the NHL, Oliwa appeared in 83 games, scored five points and recorded 281 penalty minutes.

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-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Kent Manderville. Acquired at the 2002 trade deadline in a deal which sent Billy Tibbetts to the Flyers, Manderville spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2001-02 by playing in four games for the Penguins and scoring one goal. In 2002-03, Manderville played in all 82 game and scored seven points. He retired following the season. In 86 games for the Penguins, Manderville scored eight points.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders demoted forward Casey Cizikas to Bridgeport of the AHL.

Northeast Division

-The Sabres will keep head coach Lindy Ruff (right) and general manager Darcy Regier.

-The Maple Leafs demoted forward Jay Rosehill to Toronto of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-The Avalanche signed coach Joe Sacco to a two-year contract extension. In three seasons with Colorado, Sacco has a record of 114-109-23 and has one playoff appearance.

Pacific Division

-The Ducks demoted former Penguins defenseman and Hopewell native Nate Guenin to Syracuse of the AHL.

IIHF World Championships

-Defensemen Jay Bouwmeester (Flames), Dion Phaneuf (Maple Leafs), P.K. Subban (Canadiens), Marc Methot (Blue Jackets), goaltenders Cam Ward (Hurricanes), Devan Dubnyk (Oilers), forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry (both Ducks), John Tavares (Islanders), Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (both Oilers), Jeff Skinner (Hurricanes), Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd (both Jets), Jamie Benn (Stars), Ryan O'Reilly (Avalanche) and Teddy Purcell (Lightning) will play for Team Canada.

-Forwards Paul Stastny (Avalanche), Bobby Ryan (Ducks), Kyle Okposo (Islanders), Jim Slater (Jets), Nathan Gerbe (Sabres), Max Pacioretty (Canadiens), Cam Atkinson (Blue Jackets), Nate Thompson, J.T. Brown (both Lightning), Patrick Dwyer (Hurricanes), defenseman Jack Johnson (Blue Jackets), Cam Fowler (Ducks), Justin Faulk (Hurricanes), Alex Goligoski (Stars), Jeff Petry (Oilers) and goaltender Richard Bachman (Stars) will play for Team USA.

Adams Division

-Former Blues forward Peter Sejna has joined Rapperswil of the NLA in Switzerland.

(Photos: Flyers/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Post-Gazette; Alfredsson-Rob Carr/Getty Images; Alzner-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Kings/Canucks-Rich Lam/Getty Images; Halak-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Red Wings/Predators-Frederick Breedon/Getty Images and Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Ruff-Martti Kainulainen/AFP/Getty Images)

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