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Empty Netter Assists - 04-16-12

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Flyers

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's meltdown game. "We haven't played our game consistently. We haven't done it through a whole game, and done it well." - Jordan Staal.

-The Philadelphia Daily News' recap. "I don't think anybody, well, I can't speak for everybody, but I didn't go to bed dreaming about being up 3-0." - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette.

-The Associated Press' recap. Dan Bylsma proclaimed Marc-Andre Fleury as his starter for Game 4.

-NHL.com's recap. "I thought the first two games in Pittsburgh were crazy, but this one was even wilder." - Flyers fowrard Daniel Briere.

-Highlights:

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-The first period brawl:

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-Arron Asham's cross check to Brayden Schenn:

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-James Neal running Sean Couturier:

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-Craig Adams versus Scott Hartnell:

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-A good look at the bout:

-Yard sale:

-Happy times in Philadelphia:

-Happy times for Philadelphia's Matt Read:

-Fleury had all kinds of "support" in Philadelphia:

-Happy times for Jordan Staal:

-Pumped times for Hartnell:

-Sidney Crosby having issues with Schenn:

-Kris Letang having issues with Philadelphia's Kimmo Timonen:

-The Flyers gave out these t-shirts:

-Philadelphia's mayor was apparently on hand:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Staal speaks:

-"I don't like any guy on their team." - Sidney Crosby.

-"It's the playoffs. I don't think there's room for liking each other too much." - Flyers forward Jakub Voracek.

-Matt Niskanen had a heck of a welcome back game.

-Mario Lemieux was not happy. (PG+)

-“They were going after a couple of our guys’ heads. It’s scary when it comes down to that level. You ask the best player in the world, Sidney Crosby, what they’re thinking over there. ‘That’s playoff hockey.’ For me, that’s not playoff hockey, that’s not hockey in my book. That is dangerous hockey. They were just trying to hurt people.” - Hartnell.

-Hulk Hogan made an appearance on Sunday via video:

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-Chances are you could get Hulk Hogan to make a video about raking your lawn for a Subway gift card at this point of his life.

Rangers - Senators

-The NHL opted to suspend Rangers forward Carl Hagelin three games for elbowing Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson in the head during Saturday's Game 2. The league also decided to suspend Senators defenseman Matt Carkner for attacking Rangers forward Brian Boyle.

-The explanation on Hagelin:

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-The explanation on Carkner:

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-EN Says: In what way does that make sense whatsoever? What Hagelin did was stupid. It injured Alfredsson. It was reckless. But it was a hockey play. He was trying to hit a player with a puck. There was something to gain from a hockey sense on that play. Carkner's actions were a pure and simple assault. There was nothing he was trying to accomplish other than an attempt to injure. Yet he only gets one game.

The NHL surely is considering Alfredsson's injury with this, but that shouldn't matter. It was an assault.  Period. Carkner's actions were no different than what Islanders thug Trevor Gillies did to Eric Tangradi last season minus an injury. Furthermore, as pointed out in the videos, Carkner has a history of this sort of thing. Hagelin does not. The league usually weighs in a player's history with thise stuff. But in this instance, that aspect seems to be completely ignored.

Garage. League.

-Hagelin texted an apology to Alfredsson.

-“The New York Rangers accept the NHL’s three-game suspension of Carl Hagelin and will not pursue an appeal. However, we are thoroughly perplexed in the ruling’s inconsistency with other supplementary discipline decisions that have been made throughout this season and during the playoffs. We will have no further comment on this decision.” - A statement issued by the Rangers.

-Senators coach Paul MacLean said Alfredsson (right) was "feeling good" but would not commit on his status for Game 4.

Bruins - Capitals

-The Bruins' top six forwards - Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Rich Peverley, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Tyler Seguin - have yet to score a goal this series.

-Even with starter Michal Neuvirth recovering from a leg  injury, Capitals coach Dale Hunter declared backup Braden Holtby "our goalie."

-Capitals defenseman Mike Green has been focusing on his defensive game.

Panthers - Devils

-Two goals by Stephen Weiss led the Panthers to a 4-2 win against the Devils in Game 2. Marcel Goc added a goal and an assist for Florida while teammate Jose Theodore made 23 saves. The series is tied, 1-1.

-After the game, Panthers fans turned the clock back to 1996 and showered the ice with plastic rats:

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-Rats!

-Theodore being happy:

-“It was worth the wait. That was fun." - Weiss on the Panthers gaining their first postseason win since 1997.

Canucks - Kings

-Jonathan Quick made 41 saves for the Kings in a 1-0 shutout of the Canucks in Game 3. Los Angeles leads the series, 3-0.

-Hit of the Night: Captain on captain violence. Los Angeles' Dustin Brown on Vancouver's Henrik Sedin:

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-Not to be outdone, check out this hip check by Vancouver's Dan Hamhuis on Los Angeles' Dustin Penner:

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-Canucks forward Ryan Kesler sure seems to have problems with his skates:

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-Happy times in Los Angeles:

-Quick and teammate Jarret Stoll had a moment:

-"We have no more lifelines now. We have to win." - Canucks forward Jannik Hansen.

-The Canucks opted to start back-up goaltender Cory Schneider instead of starter Roberto Luongo.

-Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage was sharp:

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Blues - Sharks

-With goaltender Jaroslav Halak dealing with a "lower-body" injury, the Blues recalled goaltender Jake Allen from Peoria of the AHL. Brian Elliott is expected in tonight's Game 3.

-The NHL has opted not to discipline anyone involved in the multiple altercations which occurred in Saturday's Game 2.

-"All this stuff about message-sending, it never works anyway. This time of year there's only one payback. Win the hockey game. There's no retribution other than that." - Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

Coyotes - Blackhawks

-"Unfortunately, I made contact, not that I meant to it or anything. I'm just glad that he's OK and glad he played the rest of the game. I was just glad when he got up and he was OK. It sucks when that kind of stuff happens, but I'm just glad that he was OK." - Blackhawks Andrew Shaw on his high hit on Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith in Saturday's game 2. Shaw is scheduled to have a disciplinary hearing today.

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Predators - Red Wings

-A goal and an assist by Kevin Klein led the Predators to a 3-2 win against the Red Wings in Game 3. Pekka Rinne made 41 saves for Nashville which leads the series, 2-1. Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist for Detroit.

-Goal of the Day: Check out this rush by Klein:

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-Defensive Play of the Day: Check out this nasty steak by Datsyuk and his ensuing goal:

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-Happy times for Datsyuk:

-Not to be outdone, check out this clutch block by Klein on a sure rebound goal by Detroit's Corey Emmerton:

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-Check out the placement of this shot by Nashville's Sergei Kostitsyn:

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-A key moment of this game was this non-goal by Detroit's Johan Franzen which was waved off as the clock expired at the end of the second period:

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-Franzen speared Nashville's David Legwand on the bench after Legwand grabbed his jersey:

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-The Predators snapped an 0-for-12 slump on the power play.

-Predators coach Barry Trotz isn't happy about the Red Wings crashing his crease.

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

-Hockey Night in Canada's montage for this game was energetic:

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Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Scott Munroe made 25 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who lost to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 3-2.

-Penguins regulars goaltender Brad Thiessen, defensemen Joey Mormina, Alexandre Picard, forwards Ryan Craig, Jason Williams, Colin McDonald and Brian Gibbons did not play.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins forward Dean Defazio. A ninth-round pick of the club in 1981, Defazio appered in 22 games for the 1983-84 Penguins and recorded two assists. After spending the next two seasons with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Defazio was released.

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-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Harry York. Acquired early in the 1998-99 season along with Alex Kovalev in a deal which sent Petr Nedved, Chris Tamer and Sean Pronger to the Rangers, York appeared in all of two games for the Penguins that season. before he was claimed off waivers by the Canucks in December.

(Photos: Penguins/Flyers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Tom Mihalek/Associated Press; Alfredsson-Nick Laham/Getty Images; Devils/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Canucks/Kings-Stephen Dunn/Getty Images; Predators/Red Wings-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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