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Empty Netter Assists - 04-14-12

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Flyers

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We have to be a little desperate here. But we're pretty confident in ourselves. Hopefully, we'll come back with a 2-2 tied series." - Pascal Dupuis.

-The Philadelphia Daily News' recap. "He played great defense and also scored three goals. I don't know if I could find the words to describe his game. Awesome, maybe, but he was something better than that." - Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr on the game of rookie teammate Sean Couturier.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We've got to find a way to be better with the lead. We know they're going to keep coming.'' - Sidney Crosby.

-NHL.com's recap. "When you're able to come back in a game like that, again, I think it speaks volumes about the character in the room." - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette.

-Highlights:

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-Flyers goaltender Ilya Brzygalov's save on Kris Letang deserves its own clip:

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-A good look at the save:

-So does Kris Letang's hit on Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo:

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-So does James Neal's hit on Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn:

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-Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds taunted Letang with a head-snap motion:

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-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Couturier > Marc-Andre Fleury:

-Rinaldo > Evgeni Malkin:

-Happy times for Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky:

-Stretchy times for Fleury:

-Sad times for Arron Asham:

-White out conditions:

-It was a lovely evening for a night out:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Jordan Staal speaks:

-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette speaks:

-"I feel horrible. That's a game that will stick with me for a long time. That's called the flood play. I tried to make the hard play. It hit [Flyer's forward Sean Couturier] in the shaft. It's my fault. I need to make a smarter play." - Ben Lovejoy on his turnover which led to Couturier's game-tying goal in the third period.

-"We had a couple of [short-handed] goals that were big. But they had too many power plays. We have to find a way to be more disciplined, but at the same time be physical against them." - Flyers forward Claude Giroux.

-"I play my game, and you know what my game is." - Flyers forward Maxime Talbot on how he plays his former teammates.

-Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk could resume practicing today.

Rangers - Senators

-"He's handled everything well, starting lineup, MSG, from the first shift, he was in there digging and battling. He jumped right in, he wasn't feeling it out. Now the maturity level will have to kick in even more." - Rangers forward Brad Richards on rookie forward Carl Hagelin making his playoff debut.

-"We have to be concerned with interrupting his ability to make a play, not just trying to single him out. We have to play that way against everyone on that team. But he definitely makes their offense go." - Rangers forward Brandon Prust on facing Senators all-star defenseman Erik Karlsson (right).

-“We feel like we can play with them, and I think we feel we played pretty good at times, and then we kind of got away from our game and that’s when they took over. That’s what makes them the best team in the East. They were probably a little more consistent than us (Thursday night)." - Senators forward Jason Spezza on the Rangers.

Bruins - Capitals

-Bruins forward David Krejci is expected to play in today's Game 2 despite having a pane of glass fall on him during the postgame celebration of Thursday's Game 1. He is dealing with a sore neck:

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-"We know we can play against them. It’s nothing special out there. We just have to stay focused.” - Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

Devils - Panthers

-Danius Zubrus had a goal and an assist for the Devils who beat the Panthers, 3-2, in Game 1. Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for New Jersey. Former Penguins forward Mikael Samuelsson recorded two assists for Florida. Fire Ray Shero. New Jersey leads the series, 1-0.

-Check out the patience by New Jersey's Patrik Elias on this goal:

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-Florida's Scotty Upshall took a spill into his own bench:

-Happy times for the Devils:

-The Devils had some support in Florida:

-Brodeur joined hall-of-famer Patrick Roy (151) as the only other goaltender with 100 career postseason wins.

-The Panthers opted to start goaltender Jose Theodore instead of Scott Clemmensen last night.

-“Twenty-six shots was pretty indicative of the play in the first period. It didn’t look pretty. Their pressure was a big difference. We got outplayed in our own building.” - Panthers coach Kevin Dineen on allowing 26 shots in the first period.

-Former Dolphins/Pitt quarterback Dan Marino dropped the puck for a ceremonial faceoff.

-Devils forward and former Penguin Petr Sykora wants to return next season.

Canucks - Kings

-Captain Dustin Brown had shorthanded two goals and an assist for the Kings who beat the Canucks, 4-2 in Game 2. Jonathan Quick made 46 saves in the victory.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out his steal by Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar which led to Browns' first shorthanded goal:

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-Goal of the Night: Check out this shorthanded effort by Brown:

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-Determined Goal of the Night: Los Angeles' Trevor Lewis stuck with this puck and cashed in:

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-Check out this ridirection goal by Vancouer's Jannik Hansen:

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-Canucks forward/greaseball Maxime Lapierre was up to his old tricks embellishing a slash:

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-Cool Photo of the Night: Vancouver's Manny  Malhotra and Los Angeles' Matt Greene kickign up some ice:

-If you can imagine such a thing, Vancouver's Alex Burrows fell into Quick:

-Stop us if this sounds familiar. The underdog team got two shorthanded goals on the road in Game 2.

-Canucks forward Daniel Sedin missed Game 2 with continued concussion issues.

-Vancouver's Green Men were also up to their old tricks:

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-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage was intense:

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Blues - Sharks

-"When you win and get a team to 0-2 and go back home, that's certainly a lot better than going back at 1-1." - Sharks coach Todd McLellan.

-"For whatever reason, the world of hockey has changed since the lockout. I think it's almost harder sometimes to win at home than it is on the road now. The teams are so competitive and there's so much pressure on the home team and there's not a big advantage like you had before." - Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

-Jaroslav Halak will remain in net for the Blues for tonight's Game 2.

Coyotes - Blackhawks

-"Those guys know how to win — they've done it. They've showed that they'll bounce back. You have to know they'll come out flying next game. You can never count a team like this out." - Coyotes forward Raffi Torres on having a 1-0 series lead on the Blackhawks.

-Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata is day to day due to an "upper-body" injury.

Predators - Red Wings

-Jimmy Howard made 24 saves for the Red Wings who edged the Predators, 3-2, in Game 2. The series is tied, 1-1.

-Early in the first period, Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi took Predators captain Shea Weber to task for slamming Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass after Game 1:

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-A good look at the fight:

-"It's kind of something you gotta do. You have to stick up for teammates and do stuff like that." - Bertuzzi.

-"Good job by Bert. He showed we're not going to put up with that stuff. He showed what we thought about that, and gave us momentum, and we played a really strong game." - Red Wings forward Johan Franzen.

-#Webering has become a thing on Twitter now. Way to go NHL.

-Country music artist Vince Gill isn't mincing words on his opinion of Bertuzzi:

-The Red Wings have killed all 12 of the Predators' power plays this series.

-Predators defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill skipped Game 1 due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Hockey Night in Canada's montage for this game had a twangy feel to it:

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Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-The Penguins signed forward Beau Bennett, a first-round pick in 2010, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-Brad Thiessen made 14 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-1 loss to the Binghamton Senators.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins locked up the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and will face the rival Hershey Bears in the first round.

Northeast Division

-Canadiens hall-of-fame captain Émile "Butch" Bouchard (right) passed away. He was 92.

Central Division

-The Blackhawks signed forward Peter LeBlanc, a seventh-round pick in 2007, to a one-year entry-level contract.

Pacific Division

-The Sharks signed defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser, a sixth-round pick in 2010, to an entry-level contract.

(Photos: Flyers/Penguins-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Karlsson-Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; Devils/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images and J. Pat Carter/Associated Press; Kings/Canucks-Rich Lam/Getty Images; Red Wings/Predators-Frederick Breedon/Getty Images and Mark Humphrey/Associated Press; Bouchard-Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec)

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