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Empty Netter Assists - 04-17-12

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Flyers

-Assuming they lose, where do the Penguins go as a team after thse playoffs?

-Will Arron Asham and James Neal (above) be joining Craig Adams in the press box?

-Evgeni Malkin says he plans on playing for Russia in the World Championships if the Penguins are eliminated.

-"We've discussed a game plan of how to get them frustrated, get them off their game -- just getting after it, playing hard, playing smart between the whistles." - Flyers forward Scott Hartnell.

-The Flyers have cashed in on six of their 10 power play attempts this series.

-The Penguins put tickets for Game 5 on sale. (PG+)

Rangers - Senators

-Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves for the Rangers in a 1-0 shutout of the Senators in Game 3. The Rangers lead the series, 2-1.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Check out this poke check by New York's Anton Stralman against Ottawa's Colin Greening:

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-Happy times for New York's Brian Boyle:

-Anthem time in Ottawa:

-Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson missed the game due to a concussion.

-“It was surprising to hear the boos and hear them chanting my name. If I’m a villian to them, that’s good.” - Boyle on being taunted by Senators fans.

-Senators forward Zenon Konopka was fined $2,500 for "verbal abuse" "after he yelled at a Rangers player during a pregame interview prior to Game 2.

-EN Says: So... "verbal abuse" is worth just as much as "slamming someone's head into the glass" such as Nashville captain Shea Weber did against Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg. Garage league.

-With forward Carl Hagelin suspended, Rangers rookie forward Chris Kreider made his NHL debut.

-Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage had a classical feel to it:

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Bruins - Capitals

-A goal and two assists by captain Zdeno Chara led the Bruins to a 4-3 win against the Capitals in Game 3. Tim Thomas made 29 saves for Boston which has a 2-1 series lead. Brooks Laich had a goal and and two assists for Washington.

-Goal of the Night: Check out this smooth move by Laich:

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-Washington forward Jason Chimera speared Boston forward Brad Marchand in... a sensitive spot:

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-Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom was given a match penalty at the end of t

-The skirmish:

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-Happy times in Washington:

-Capitals fans taunted Thomas with Barrack Obama signs:

Devils - Panthers

-“The nastiness you see in the Pittsburgh-Philly series hasn’t been there. I don’t expect it, but you never know. Playoffs bring all kinds of different things.” - Devils coach Peter DeBoer on the relative calmness in this series.

Canucks - Kings

-The Kings lead a 3-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.

-Canucks forward Daniel Sedin is expected to join the team for today's practice. He has missed the first three games of the series due to a concussion.

Blues - Sharks

A goal and two assists by Andy McDonald led the Blues to a 4-3 win against the Sharks in Game 3. Jason Arnott, Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen each netted a goal and an assist for St. Louis while teammate Carlo Colaiacovo recorded three assists. Brian Elliott made 26 saves for the Blues who lead the series, 2-1. Logan Couture had a goal and an assist for San Jose.

-Pass of the Night: Check out this flip pass from San Jose captain Joe Thorton to set up Brent Burns for a goal:

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-San Jose's Antti Niemi got a leg out for this save:

Coyotes - Blackhawks

-Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is expected to find out if he'll be suspended today for his hit on Coyotes goaltender mike Smith in game 2.

-The Blackhawks recalled forwards Jeremy Morin, Brandon Pirri, defensemen Joe Lavin, Ryan Stanton and goaltender Carter Hutton from Rockford of the AHL and forard Brandon Saad, a native of Pittsburgh, from Saginaw of the OHL.

-The Coyotes recalled forwards Alexandre Bolduc, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and goaltender Justin Pogge from Portland of the AHL.

Predators - Red Wings

-Red Wings forward Darren Helm is expected to be sidelined three to four months due to tendon damage after suffering a skate laceration in Game 1.

-The Red Wings recalled goaltender Tom McCollum, defensemen Travis Ehrhardt, Garnet Exelby, Doug Janik, Brian Lashoff, Brendan Smith, forwards Joakim Andersson, Louis-Marc Aubry, Fabian Brunnstrom, Francis Pare and Tomas Tatar from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-Predators defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill (right) resumed practicing. He has missed the first three games due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi cut the Predators off from using a ping pong table in Joe Louis Arena.

Calder Cup Playoffs

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' first round schedule has been announced:

Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 20 – Hershey at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 21 – Hershey at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 25 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Hershey, 7:00 p.m.
*-Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 27 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Hershey, 7:00 p.m.
*-Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 28 – Hershey at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Penguins

-Happy 31st birthday to former Penguins forward Konstantin Koltsov (right). The team's first-round pick in the 1999 draft, Kolsov spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. After getting a brief cup of coffee in the form of two games in 2002-03, Koltsov appeared in all 82 of the Penguins' games in 2003-04 and recorded 29 points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Koltsov appeared in 60 games in 2005-06 and recorded six points. In the 2006 offseason, he joined Ufa Salavat Yulayev in Russia. He is still a member of that team. In 144 career games with the Penguins, Koltsov, one of three players in franchise history to wear No. 71 (Evgeni Malkin and Jiri Slegr are the others) had 38 points.

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins forward Jimmy Mann. A free agent signing the 1987 offseason, Mann's Penguins career amounted to all of nine games and zero points in 1987-88. While his time with the Penguins isn't all that notable, Mann is somewhat infamous to some Penguins fans. During a game in Winnipeg in 1981-82, Penguins forward Paul Gardner hit Jets forward Doug Smail with a cross check to the face. Mann responded by coming off the bench to sucker punch Gardner and broke his jaw in two places. Mann was suspended 10 games by the NHL and was actually convicted of assault by the province of Manitoba but had his sentence suspended.

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-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins forward Bob Geale. An eighth-round pick in 1980, his NHL career amounted to one game with the 1984-85 Penguins in which he recorded two penalty minutes and was a minus-1. After spending the 1985-86 season in Baltimore of the AHL, he joined EC Heilbronn in West Germany.

Atlantic Division

-The Islanders fired assistant coaches Scott Allen and Dean Chynoweth.

Pacific Division

-Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman underwent knee surgery.

(Photos: Neal-Chris Chambers/Getty Images; Rangers/Senators-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Bruins/Capitals-Patrick McDermott/Getty Images and Nick Wass/Associated Press; Blues/Sharks-Paul Sakuma/Associated Press; Gill-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Koltsov-Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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